Professor Jawshing Arthur Liou’s solo exhibition, Sacred Sojourn, is featured in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. The museum is recognized as the one of the most important contemporary art venues in Asia. It is designated as the official organizer for Taiwan Pavilion in Venice Biennale.
In 2011, Liou embarked on a 2300-kilometer filming expedition that started from Lhasa, traveled through the Tibetan Plateau, and ultimately made sojourns to Mount Everest and Mount Kailash. The trip included a four-day kora—a walking circumambulation around Mount Kailash at an elevation between five and six thousand meters. Liou presents ultra high-resolution video and time-lapse photography in an installation format, employing 13 projectors and 3 custom built spaces in this exhibition. The work traces the steps of pilgrims while presenting unique mountain landscapes, reverence for nature, and a space of spiritual sanctuary.
Kora is both a type of pilgrimage and a type of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Kora can be performed around a temple, stupa, or other sacred site. It many be performed while spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantra, counting mala, or repeatedly prostrating oneself. Many consider Mount Kailash the most sacred mountain in Asia. For thousands of years Hindu pilgrims and Tibetans have revered the Himalayas as an embodiment of the divine; the presence of the lone towering Kailash peak is the ultimate seal of this sanctity. Pilgrims believe that by circling Mount Kailash by way of an arduous 34 mile-long path, one can cleanse the sins of a lifetime.