Remembering and Reconstructing Hong Kong: ‘A Present That with Each Step Departs from the Remembered Past’

Why We Recommend it

This exhibition reflects on and re-imagines the architectural landscape and urban memories of our rapidly changing city.


Fascinated with the materiality and construction of urban sites, the latest project of Goethe-Institut Hongkong artist-in-residence Antonia Low (b. 1972, Liverpool) explores the dense and highly contested public space of Hong Kong.

Her current exhibition, entitled A Present That with Each Step Departs from the Remembered Past, explores the diverse appearances of borders, barriers and other separative structures observed in the city. Low’s visual objects, installations and constructed narratives—the fruits of her research and insights—demonstrate how memories as well as visions of the city both become imprinted in one’s mind and then superimposed on actual sites, and ultimately weave together the fabric of Hong Kong’s urban development.

The exhibition will also feature a talk on 1 December 2018 at the Goethe-Gallery by Low and renowned visual artist and educator Kacey Wong,


When: 8 Nov 2018 - 8 Dec 2018 Where: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hongkong – Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road – Wan Chai