Power Plays Para/Site Art Space Reviewed: September 15 Relationships between the individual and class, gender, economics, law and politics - in other words, public and private discourses of power - have been a vital aspect of much contemporary art of the past 30 years. Power Plays, curated by Para/Site's Tobias Berger, presents 11 videos, most of which are public performances, considering issues from the personal/political body and urban culture to the metaphorical and humorous. The show uses stacks of timber palettes piled unevenly on the floor, filling more than half the space and supporting TVs and projections. This both complements the work and provides a place for viewers to sit. A single-channel video show is always difficult to pull off, especially when the work might not be accessible to a broader audience. Although this reinforces an elitist trend in contemporary art, in this case, choosing to engage more deeply will reveal great subtlety, humour and critical thought - well worth the effort. Many of the videos are straight-forward performance documentations, but others are more lyrical or stylised, such as Francis Alys' Patriotic Stories, with multiplying sheep circling a pillar in the centre of Mexico City, or the ridiculous and funny, sepia-toned courtroom documentation of Zhao Bandi's intellectual property lawsuit. Each video plays out a different kind of power relationship. Although the show lacks detailed documentation, its broad internationalism, with artists from the mainland, Hong Kong, Europe and Latin America, provides an engaging overview of a crucial aspect of contemporary art. And this is sorely needed in, and distinctly relevant to, Hong Kong at the moment.