Ellen PAU, Chloë CHEUK, Ip Wai Lung, LEE Kai Chung, Chilai Howard, Linda Chiu-han LAI, João Vasco PAIVA, Joseph CHEN, CHEN Pin Tao
Hong Kong – Tales of the City

03.13.2020 - 05.02.2020



View a video walkthrough of the exhibition.

View the Webinar panel held on March 14th.

Videotage (HK) and Denny Dimin Gallery (U.S.) are pleased to present Hong Kong: Tales of the City, a panorama of Hong Kong video art development showcasing artists across generations. Curated by Isaac Leung, the exhibition runs from March 13th to April 18th, 2020 at Denny Dimin Gallery’s New York location.

An Outlook of Hong Kong Video Art brought to New York

In our times when society and modern life are intensely transforming and evolving in the context of globalization, cities are developing in an increasingly similar pattern yet embracing differences in local culture and socio-political systems. Hong Kong and New York, regarded as the symbols of modern east and west respectively, not only demonstrate how world cities are progressing and sharing a more inclusive path forward but also facing common global challenges. 

The exhibition will present various contemporary tales through the work of nine Hong Kong-based video artists, depicting and exploring how the two faraway places connect and interact across the west-east boundary in responding to major global issues concerning PUBLICNESS, EVERYDAYNESS, and QUEERNESS in the context of contemporary Hong Kong society.

Hong Kong Video Art: from Pioneers to Millennials

HONG KONG – Tales of the City brings together a selection of video artworks by Hong Kong artists, from video art pioneers active since the 1980s to artists born in the 1990s, reflecting the city’s video art development spanning over 30 years.  From the video art pioneer Ellen Pau to mainstay media artists Chilai Howard and Lee Kai Chung, to emerging artists of the next generation Joseph Chen and Ip Wai Lung, the line-up paints a picture of the Hong Kong video art scene in light of how society has changed in this period.

The cross-cultural project comprises two video art exhibitions in two cities, Hong Kong and New York. The Hong Kong parallel exhibition TALES OF THE CITY – VIDEO ART IN HONG KONG AND THE U.S. in collaboration with Denny Dimin Gallery, Hong Kong, will present ten talented American and Hong Kong artists under the theme of social and political life in a cross-cultural context. This exhibition will be held at the end of 2020 with more details released later this year.


Co-presented by: Denny Dimin Gallery x Videotage*

*Videotage is financially supported by the HKADC

Supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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03.13.20 Opening Reception - Updated | 6pm - 8pm |

Please join us for the opening reception for the artists.
– To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, this will be an informal open house, without refreshments. We will insist on social distancing practices such as waving instead of shaking hands. Gallery will be deep cleaned before the event. We will supply hand sanitizer and sink access for handwashing. Stay home if sick.

03.14.20 Webinar | Starts at 3pm |

Please join us for a panel discussion turned webinar, moderated by Barbara Pollack. The panel accompanies the exhibition, Hong Kong: Tales of the City, and will discuss the art scene in Hong Kong and the history of media art there. Panelists are Daniel Chen, Valerie Doran, LAU Wai, João Vasco Paiva, and Dr. Linda Chiu-han LAI.


“Hong Kong Video Art Lands in New York City”
Barbara Pollack | CoBo Social

“10 Hong Kong Exhibitions To See In 2020—Online Or In Person”
Zabrina Lo and Oliver Giles | Tatler



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