Photography exhibition displays charms of Taiwan Romantic Route 3




To display the unique Hakka heritage through visual records, the Hakka Affairs Council organized an open-air photography exhibition. The “Exhibition of Photographs Highlighting the Romance of Northern Taiwan's Hakka Villages” is taking place from Dec. 26, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020, at Taipei’s 228 Peace Park, and it will travel to the New Tile House Hakka Cultural District in Hsinchu County’s Zhubei City from Feb. 20 to March 1.

A total of 150 snapshots that were selected for this exhibition out of the thousands of submissions reflect the past glory, present vitality, and future hopes of the Hakka villages.

Every picture tells a compelling story, portraying Taiwan’s Hakka history over the past 300 years. Cultural and natural landscapes of Taiwan Romantic Route 3 were captured by the photographers and presented to the viewers. From the photos, visitors can see how Hakka ancestors had worked hard to establish themselves on the hills and terraces. You can see the macro landscapes along Provincial Highway No. 3 and the micro scenes of the residents’ daily life. You can gain a full picture of how the earth-god temples, camphor trees, family shrines and historical buildings have been linked to present-day tourists swarming to Hakka villages and the younger generation building new connections to their previous generations. 

Twenty-two outstanding photographers from home and abroad were invited to capture the beauty of 28 Hakka settlements across northern Taiwan.

Curator Suan Hooi-wah (全會華), a Malaysia-born photographer and founder of the Taiwan International Visual Arts Center (臺灣國際視覺藝術中心), said that the invited Taiwanese photographers include Chiang Ssu-hsien (江思賢), Ho Ching-tai (何經泰), Lin Kuo-chang (林國彰), Wesley Ko (柯曉東), Yang Yung-chih (楊永智), Huang Wen-yung (黃文勇), Huang Tzu-ming (黃子明), Yeh Tao-hsuan (葉陶軒), Richard Kao (高政全), Chang Chung-liang (張仲良), Yeh Tsai (葉裁), and Liang Guo-long (梁國龍).

Suan added that this program also involves foreign artists from various countries, including Carl Tsang (曾嘉樂) and Kok Heng Sun (郭向新) from China; Hervé Bernard and Martial Verdier, France; Agatha Bunanta, Indonesia; Toshiyuki Kumagai (熊谷俊之), Japan; Kim Teoh (張榮欽) and Hong-Sang Woo (胡航生), Malaysia; Jaehyuk Oh, South Korea; and Wei Fu (傅煒), Thailand.

Co-curator Sun Wei-shiuan (孫維瑄) noted that to mark this special experience in Hakka villages, these artists used photographic techniques ranging from classical calotype and traditional photographic film to digital and drone photography. Through their acute observation, dialogues with local residents, and interactions with nature, the photographers convey their true feelings about historic buildings, scenes of the daily life, and folk arts in Hakka settlements, Sun explained.

In addition to guided tours by docents, the service of audio guides in Mandarin and the Hakka language are also available for visitors through QR codes. More information can be found at https://iseehakka.com.tw/.