Born in 1983, Lafin Sawmah belongs to the coastal area of Pangcha (Amis) Tribe,Taitung. Like many young indigenous people, Lafin was earning a living in Taipei city, but didn’t feel satisfied in the jobs he was working at. In 2009, Lafin had an urge of coming back to his hometown, Taitung, where he discovers the passion on creating arts and crafts. Specialized on woodworking, Lafin was assistance with a few indigenous artists before he works on solo.
Hidemi Nishida was born in Otaru city in Hokkaido in 1986, currently lives and works in Tokyo. He studied Design in Sapporo and obtained a Masters of Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. His architectural background brings together functional making with an interest in intimate transformations of our environment. Nishida questions our milieu, deconstructing and adapting existing structures or materials or even whole landscapes in order to refresh our view of the world.
Lab Tanya are interested in exploring, discovering, collecting various everyday practices in the community of citizens, which could be the prospect and guidance of achieving a sustainable future. Combine research, experimentation and imagination methods to trigger and generate knowledge.
Ismaila was born in Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia. Arrived in Taiwan in September 2011 as a a freshman in the field of architecture at National Taipei University of Technology. Ismaila is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Tamkang University.