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YAO Jui-Chung

Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1969, YAO Jui-Chung lives and works in his hometown currently. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, and specializes in photography, video, installation and painting. His early works featured a humorous approach that subverts the authoritarian regime during the Cold War, and revolved around the issues concerning place, history, national identity, and Taiwan’s subjectivity. He has invested long-term effort in taking pictures of ruins around Taiwan since 1990. In 2010, he embarked upon the survey project on disused public property in Taiwan, which not only unmasked the society of the spectacle arising from the assorted ideological black holes on this island under globalization, but also heightened the social awareness of this problem and accelerated the governmental policy reform in this regard. Recently, the artist has appropriated Chinese artistic masterpieces and recreated them in his own way as his autobiographical narratives, seeking to usurp the orthodoxy with his strategy of “pseudo-landscapes.” He has partaken on behalf of Taiwan in many prestigious events, including Venice Biennale (1997), Yokohama Triennale (2005), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2009), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Beijing Photo Biennial (2013), Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Venice Biennale of Architecture (2014), Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2014), Asia Triennial Manchester. (2014), Asian Art Biennial (2015), Biennale of Sydney (2016), Curitiba Biennial (2019), Krasnoyarsk Biennial (2019), and Taipei Biennial (2020). Yao is also a prolific author, foremost Installation Art in Taiwan, 1991-2001 (2002), The New Wave of Contemporary Photography in Taiwan since 1999 (2003), Performance Art in Taiwan, 1978-2004 (2005), and Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019) that collate the history of and address the issues about Taiwanese contemporary art. His curatorial works include Doomsday Roaming (VT Artsalon, Sanchi, 1997), The Realm of Illusion: The New Wave of Contemporary Photography in Taiwan (Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, 2002), Be Cool (SinPinPier - Absolutely Art Space, Kaohsiung, 2002), Abnormal Comics (Prototype Art Space, Tainan, 2002), Super King Kong: Taiwan Contemporary Performance Video Arts (Dogpig Art Café, Kaohsiung, 2003), Spellbound Aura: The New Vision of Chinese Photography (MoCA, Taipei, 2004), Performance Art in Taiwan (Guling Street Avant-garde Theatre, Taipei, 2005), Carefree: Performance Art Relay (MoCA, Taipei, 2005), and Hyperspace Connections: The Networks of Taiwan Contemporary Art Spaces and Artist Villages (Art Taipei, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2, 2005). His recent noteworthy solo exhibitions include The Space that Remains: Yao Rui-Chung Ruins Series (Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2014), Brain Dead Travelogue (Tina Keng Gallery, 2015), Golden Land (Goedhuis Contemporary, London, 2015), Incarnation (TKG+, 2016-17), and Republic of Cynic (C-LAB, 2020).