Video artist Jawshing Arthur Liou embarked on a 2,300 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. The work traces the steps of pilgrims while presenting unique mountain landscapes, reverence for nature and a space of spiritual sanctuary.
Jawshing Arthur Liou is chair of the Department of Studio Art in the School of Art + Design at IU Bloomington. He creates high-definition video installations that transform recognizable imagery into realms of otherworldly experience. Using sources ranging from landscapes to oil paint to the human body, much of Liou’s work is related to Buddhist concepts of impermanence, meditations on nature and spirituality, and coping with the illness of his daughter. Liou’s videos and prints are featured in exhibitions and collections in the United States, Australia, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Seoul. Liou is the recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Grant, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, and the Garry B. Fritz Award from the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. International presentations of his work include the College Art Association National Conference; SIGGRAPH conference; European Biennial Conference of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts; and Chicago Humanities Festival.