Obey Founder Shepard Fairey has been busy spreading his vision to the multi-cultural hub of Hong Kong. Best known for his Obey clothing line and the iconic 2008 Hope poster, the American-artist has teamed up with the HOCA foundation to unveil his latest exhibition titled “Visual Disobedience”. The exhibition is Fairey’s first showing in Hong Kong and features 290 pieces of art, which is his largest body of work to date.
The Obey frontman’s work is a complex exploration into the relationship between humanity and the environment.
The show focuses on the theme of power and responsibility – a concern which has been a central part of Fairey’s career. From corporate and political corruption to the ambiguous influence of celebrity figures, the Obey frontman’s work is a complex exploration into the relationship between humanity and the environment. This philosophy has repeatedly been depicted in his Andre the Giant stickers, politically charged posters and elaborate murals. Fairey’s motto is to “question everything” and he’s in turn become a key voice in raising awareness to a number of issues from climate change, abusive authoritarian rule to human rights.
In conjunction with the event, Obey has released a special collaboration with Hong Kong-based streetwear label, Fingercroxx. Visual Disobedience runs from October 27 to November 27 at Shop B104 -Shop 305, The Pulse, No.28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay. Fairey and the Obey crew have also added several new outdoor murals which represent the interesting socio-economic relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China.