Art News: Available online, Hongkong’s TheExtraOrdinary Exhibition Returns with Its First NFT Artwork - Lifestyle Asia

Designed and created by experiential art producer Vox Vanguard, the exhibit’s Olympia exemplifies how women uplift society.

TheExtraOrdinary Exhibition by The Karen Leung Foundation, Hong Kong’s first and only registered charity dedicated to gynaecological cancer, returns tomorrow, September 14. The event, which launched last year to raise awareness on the disease, will also be available online for those interested to purchase the pieces from anywhere in the world.

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“For this year’s ExtraOrdinary Exhibition, there will be a greater, more diverse range of artworks showcased,” reads an event description in the foundation’s website. “From sculptures and three-dimensional installations to texturized paintings and freehand sketches, the Exhibition will open up a whole new dimension; one designed to push the boundaries of creativity and interactivity.”

Raising awareness

This exhibition will be kicking off with a capsule collection at Eaton HK. In an effort to shift social stigmas into positive empowerment, the Foundation devised an innovative strategy that leveraged art to raise awareness on gynaecological cancer and promote women’s health.

Launched in 2013, the Karen Leung Foundation makes an impact through education, promoting prevention and early detection, and ensuring that women in treatment can access optimal care.

From left: “Let It Burn,” by Jenny Lam; “Blooming Hot,” by Kim Robinson

“Sadly, in Hong Kong, women are not checking their bodies and understanding what health risks there may be. We need to make sure that it’s not too late when we find something wrong,” said Narcisa Pheres, Founder and Creative Director of PHERES. 

“As a woman, CEO, and mother of two girls, through supporting this event I hope that people talk more about women’s health and become unashamed to talk about their bodies and the mechanisms behind it.”

This year, over 40 art pieces will be showcased in various venues across Hong Kong. With a gambit of wider variety and scope, this year’s exhibition brings forth a greater diversity of artworks including sculptures, three-dimensional installations, texturized paintings, and a Non-Fungible Token.

Online art

To increase longevity and accessibility, the exhibition will also live digitally via an online catalogue for those interested in purchasing the art work.

From left: “Warm Currents,” by Irving Cheung; “Bravery” by Lily So

Fifty percent of all proceeds will be donated back to the Foundation. Dipping into the impressive world of digital art, the catalogue will also feature its first NFT art, “Olympia,” designed and produced by experiential art producer, Vox Vanguard. 

“The curated performance piece titled, ‘Olympia’, exemplifies how a woman uplifts a man,” says Matthew Tosca, founder and artistic director of Vox Vanguard. “The ExtraOrdinary Exhibition has purpose and meaning and we are proud to stand alongside the Karen Leung Foundation, finding that ‘more ExtraOrdinary you.”

From left: “Harem,” by Henrik Delehag; “Doom Hey Blue,” by Simong Burch

Sharing an aligned vision that has the power to be socially impactful, the Foundation welcomes back an arsenal of retuning artists.

This includes Basil Pao, Jenny Lam, Kim Robinson, Simon Birch, and Tanya Bennet, and supports young, local newcomers: Bobby Yu, Bowie Ho, Clair Chan, Claudia Chanhoi, Irving Cheung, Karen Chan, Lily So, Polo Bourieau, Sophia Hotung, Toby Sun Yuen, Tomorrow Girls Troop, Wing Po So, Wong Ka Ying, and Yiska Wong.

For more on the event, visit KarenLeungFoundation.org.

Banner Photo: “Won’t Back Down,” by Jenny Lam

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