Kotodama: A Cross-Cultural Exhibit Celebrating the Magic of Words

Why We Recommend it

Inspired by kotodama–the Japanese concept that words have power over the objects they represent–this exhibit brings together works meditating on the transformative power of language.


Words have power. To some, that power is imbued magical properties.  This is true across a multitude of languages and belief systems stretching back millennia. This exhibit at non-profit art organisation  Para Site examines the magic of language across a range of cultures and nations.

The show brings together works from an extensive roster of artists from Hong Kong and beyond, including Tang Kwok Hin, Isaac Chong Wai, Kiri Dalena, Susan Hiller, and Nicole Wong. Audiences are invited to consider how languages preserve culture, memory, transmit wisdom and foster community and belonging.


When: 15 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018 Where: Para Site – 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building – 677 King's Rd, Quarry Bay