Luo Jr-shin
participates the group exhibition “From Nowhere to Now Here ― the Rumbling Landscape” at Komyo-in Zen Temple, Kyoto

November 8th – November 22nd, 2023



2023 浪漫台三線芸術祭

会期 2023年11月08日[水] – 11月22日[水]

時間  午前 7時〜日没

会場 東福寺塔頭 光明院



The “low-elevation mountains” refer to the environment of low-elevation hills and valleys adjacent to plains—generally speaking, low-elevation mountains are areas easily reached by people and below 800 meters above sea level. Because such areas are commonly a mixture of natural, semi-natural and artificial habitats, they possess a distinctive ecological environment enriched by irreplaceable biocultural diversity. Therefore, “low-elevation mountains” does not simply indicate a geographical space, nor is it defined by elevation alone. Conceptualizing “low-elevation mountains,” the exhibition emphasizes the dynamic nature and agency of its fluid boundaries, highlights its “diversity” and “internal heterogeneity,” and focuses on others and the surrounding nature so as to foster a practice that brings humanity and nature together as a community of shared life and carry out multi-lateral care at the interstice of the human and non-human.


Themed “From Nowhere to Now Here,” the exhibition not only showcases the geographic characteristics of the inner mountains and everyday scenes of the Hakka life but also points to the unique fluidity emerging from the diverse and intermixing ethnic groups and their migratory culture along the Taiwan Route 3 (Officially the Provincial Highway 3). Thus, the exhibition responds to people’s multi-progressing actions and rates in the low-elevation mountain regions that have shaped the complex and abundant life history involving Taiwan Route 3. Celebrating a millennium of rich history and timeless traditions, Kyoto, the ancient capital, shares with Taiwan’s Hakka culture the grace of pickling and tea ceremonies, as well as a deep-rooted heritage of traditional rituals and beliefs. “From Nowhere to Now Here ” has chosen the illustrious Komyoin Zen Temple in Kyoto as the venue for its international exchange exhibition, inviting artists from Taiwan and Japan to harmoniously interpret and immerse themselves in this captivating and resonant landscape.


The ethnic groups inhabiting the low-elevation mountains underwent continual migration and diaspora to have eventually merged and settled down. Their experiences have formed multiple yet invisible pathways, from which they have learned to reconcile with distress caused by historical conflicts,  coexist with nature, and find themselves in others so that a “we” could have emerged from nowhere and progressed with history to here and now.


Organizer|Hakka Affairs Council

Chief Planning |Hakka Public Communication Foundation, Left Brain

Curator | Eva Lin

Executive Team |OKAF       

Curatorial Team |mt.project