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Yao Jui-Chung
LAST UPDATE : 2018.10.4 / EDITOR : tcaa
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Yao Jui-Chung was born in 1969 in Taipei. He graduated from The National Institute of The Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts) with a degree in Art Theory. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in “Facing Faces-Taiwan” at the Venice Biennale and took part in the International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama in 2005, APT6 (2009) and Taipei biennial (2010). He also participated in numerous other large international exhibitions. Apart from working in the fields of theatre and film, he has taught art history, wrote art criticisms and curated exhibitions. In 1997, he attended the Headland Center for the Arts (San Francisco). He was artist in-residence at Gasworks Studio (London) in 2001, ISCP (NY) in 2006 and Glenfiddich (Scotland) in 2007.

Yao Jui-Chung specializes in photography, installation and painting. The themes of his works are varied, but most importantly they examine the absurdity of the human condition. Representative works include his Action Series which explores the question of Taiwan’s identity in Military take over (1994), subverts modern Chinese political myths in Recovering Mainland China (1997), and examines post-colonialism in The World is for All (1997~2000), as well as Long March-Shifting the Universe (2002). In recent years, he has created photo installations, combining the style of “gold and green landscape” with the superstitions that permeate Taiwanese folklore, expressing a false and alienated “cold reality” that is specific to Taiwan. Representative works include the series Celestial Barbarians (2000), Savage Paradise (2000) and Heaven (2001). Another photo installation series Libido of Death (2002) and Hill (2003) tries to probe into the eternal issue of body and soul. Recently, Yao Jui-Chung has assembled all the black-and-white photos of ruins he took in the past fifteen years, grouped under the themes of Industry, Religious Idols, Architecture and Military Bases. They reveal the enormous ideological black hole in Taiwan hidden behind the trends of globalization and Taiwan’s specific historical background, as a continuation of the main theme of his work: the absurdity of the historical destiny of humanity. In 2007 Yao started to create a series of works, including Wonderful (2007), Dust in the Wind (2008~2010), Dreamy (2008~2010), Romance (2009) and Honeymoon (2010~2011). He appropriates masterpieces from Chinese art history and recreates them in his own work, transforming them into his personal history or real stories, in an attempt to transform grand narratives into the trivial affairs of his individual life. Yao intends to usurp so called orthodoxy with his recreated landscapes.

Apart from creating art, Yao Jui-Chung has curated exhibitions including The Realm of Illusion-The New wave of Taiwan Photography (2002), King-Kon Never Dies - The Contemporary Performance & Video art in Taiwan (2003) and Spellbound Aura-The New Vision of Chinese Photography (2004). His essays have been published in many art journals. He has also published several books, including Installation Art in Taiwan since 1991-2001 (2002), The New Wave of Contemporary Taiwan Photography Since 1999 (2003), Roam The Ruins of Taiwan (2004), Performance Art in Taiwan 1978~2004 (2005), A Walk in the Contemporary Art:Roaming the Rebellious Streets (2005) and Ruined Islands (2007), Yao Jui-Chung (2008), Beyond humanity (2008), Nebulous light (2009), Biennial-Hop (2010). His works have been collected by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Collection, Cornell University, USA; Bibliothèque National de France, Paris ( French National Library, Paris), and many private collectors. Yao Jui-Chung is an artist and teaches at the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts.

birth year
1969
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Taipei
Taiwan
education
1994
MFA Department of the Fine Arts
Taipei National University of the Arts
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2012
Long Live / Landscape
Tina Keng Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Long Live / Landscape
Tina Keng Gallery , Beijing , China
2011
Honeymoon
MOT/ARTS , Taipei
2010
Honeymoon
Hanarts , Hong Kong
2010
Dreamy
Goedhuis Contemporary , London , UK
2009
Romance
Inart Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2008
Phantom of History
Galerie Grand Siecle , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Wonderful
IT Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Cynic Republic
VT Artsalon , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Everything will Fall into Ruin
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
The Cynic
Chi-Wen Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Long March-Shifted the Universe
IT Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2003
Elysium
Aspex Gallery , Portsmouth , UK
2002
Libido of Death
Lee Ka-Sing Gallery , Toronto , Canada
2000
Savage Paradise
Lee Ka-Sing Gallery , Toronto , Canada
1998
The Introduction of Taiwan’s Contemporary Art vol. 4
MOMA Contemporary , Fukuoka , Japan
1997
Recover Mainland China-Prophecy & Action
Dimension Endowment of Art , Taipei , Taiwan
1996
Recover Mainland China - Preface & Do Military Service
IT Park Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
1994
Territory Maneuver
IT Park Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
The 9th 2012 Shanghai Biennale
museum-new venue of Shanghai Biennale , Shanghai , China
2012
Ink: The New Ink Art from China
Saatchi Gallery , London , UK
2012
Unhomely - Tales of the Island
Chinese Arts Centre , Manchester , UK
2012
The Games: Contemporary Appropriations of the Past
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
How Can I Tell You Who I Am ?
Adora Calvo Galeria , Salamanca , Spain
2012
The 10th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition
MOCA Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Boundaries on the Move Taiwan –Israel a Cross-culture Dialogue
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art , Tel Aviv , Isreal
2011
Stories Developing: 10 Contemporary Photographers of Taiwan
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2011
Gazing the coastlines
Local Contemporary Art Space , Xiamen , China
2011
Dual Senses and Dynamic Views - Contemporary Art Exhibition across the Taiwan Straits of 2011
National Art Museum of China , Beijing , China
2011
Eye of the Times – Centennial Images of Taiwan
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
People’s Repubilc of China】--- Republic without People
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2010
Taiwan Discovered-in place and time
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum , Florida , U.S.A
2010
The Butterfly Effect
He Xiangning Art Museum , Shenzhen , China
2010
Taipei biennial
Taipei Fine Art Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
7th Busan International Video Festival
Space Bandee , Busan , South Korea
2010
YES, Taiwan – Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2010
Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue
Tina Keng Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Landscape to Mindscape of Floating World – Contemporary Art from Taiwan
Mitsuo Aida Museum , Tokyo , Japan
2010
Stand-In Techniques – New Taiwanese Video Style
Gallery 456 , New York , U.S.A.
2010
Hong Kong Photo Festival
Jockey Club creative Arts Centre , Hong Kong , China
2009
Spectacle-to each his own
MOCA , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Dream in a Contemporary Secret Garden
Chelsea Art Museum & THE Gallery/ Elga Wimmer PCC , New York , U.S.A.
2009
Fantasy Landscape
MOT/ARTS , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
A Perfect Day for Kangaroos
MOMA Contemporary , Fukuoka , Japan
2009
Beyond China: The New Ink Painting from Taiwan
Goedhuis Contemporary , New York , U.S.A.
2009
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Queensland Art Gallery , Brisbane , Australia
2009
London Art Fair – Photo 50
Business Design Centre , London , U.K.
2008
HOME - Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2008
Inward Gazes: Invitation Asia Performance Art 2008
The Macao Museum of Art , Macao , China
2008
Front Lines
Zone Contemporary Art , New York , U.S.A
2008
Play Stadium
Artist Commune Hong Kong
2008
Déjà vu Realm
MOT/ARTS , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art
Tenri Cultural Institute Gallery , New York , U.S.A.
2007
Taiwan: From within the Mist
Taiwan: From within the Mist , South Dakota , U.S.A.
2007
Taiwan: From within the Mist
Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art , BC , Canada
2007
Taiwan: From within the Mist
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and Ransburg Gallery , Indianapolis , U.S.A.
2007
Taiwan: From within the Mist
Illges Gallery , Georgia , U.S.A.
2007
Diverse Visions: an Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Mainland China and Taiwan
Seton Hall Walsh Gallery , New York , U.S.A
2006
Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan
The Adam Art Gallery , Wellington , New Zealand
2006
Islanded: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts , Singapore , Singapore
2006
Microcosm-Chinese Contemporary Art
The Macao Museum of Art , Macao , China
2006
The Odyssey of Art in Taiwan 1950-2000
National Art Museum of China , Beijing , China
2005
Shanghai Cool
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Morden Art , Shanghai , China
2005
International Triennale of Contemporary Art YOKOHAMA 2005 - Art Circus-Jumping from the Ordinary
Yokohama , Japan
2005
Two Asias, Two Europes : An International Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Morden Art , Shanghai , China
2004
Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of the Contention
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art , Ithaca , U.S.A
2004
Step Beyond Reality-Taiwan Contemporary Photography
Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong
2004
Reality Spells - Exhibition of Chinese Conceptual Photography from 90'
Central Library Hong Kong
2003
A Strange Heaven – Contemporary Chinese Photography
Rudolfinum , Prague , Czech Republic
2003
A Strange Heaven – Contemporary Chinese Photography
Art Museum Tennis Palace , Helsinki , Finland
2003
City-net Asia: Transition of Identity
Seoul Museum of Art , Seoul , South Korea
2002
The Gravity of The Immaterial: Contemporary Art from Taiwan
TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art , Seoul , South Korea
2002
Dream 2002
the.gallery@OXO , London , U.K
2002
The Realm of Illusion - The New wave of Taiwan Photography
Main-Trend Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
From Iconoclasm to New-Iconolatry
Eslite gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
From Iconoclasm to New-Iconolatry
Taipei culture center & Manhattan Ville College - Brownson Gallery , New York , U.S.A
2001
The Gravity of The Immaterial
MOCA Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
Promenade in Asia - cute
Art Tower Mito , Mito , Japan
2000
Abnormal Temple Group Show
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2000
Close up-contemporary art from Taiwan
Charies H.Scott gallery , Vancouver , Canada
2000
Close up-contemporary art from Taiwan
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria , Victoria B.C. , Canada
2000
Very fun park-contemporary art from Taiwan
Hong Kong Art Center Hong Kong
2000
Very fun park-contemporary art from Taiwan
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art , Perth , Australia
1999
Face to Face - Contemporary Art form Taiwan
Gold Coast & Orange & Canberra & Sydney & Melbourne Australia
1999
Face to Face - Contemporary Art form Taiwan
The Adam Art Gallery , Wellington , New Zealand
1998
You Talk/I Listen
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1998
You Talk/I Listen
La ferme du Buisson center d’art contemporain , Paris , France
1998
Contemporary Taiwanese Art Exhibition - The New Identity
ARTIUM , Fukuoka , Japan
1997
La Biennale di Venezia
Palazzo delle Prigioni , Venice , Italy
1996
The 6th Iranian Photo Biennial
Niavaran Cultural Center , Tehran , Iran
1994
The Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1994
Busan Biennial
Busan , South Korea
1993
New Art, New Tribes - Taiwan Art in the Nineties
Hanart TZ Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
1992
The Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1991
X. X
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1990
Contemporary art trends in the R.O.C
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
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Long Long Live
Having lived through Taiwan’s turbulent political and social changes, Yao often explores issues of history and society, especially those surrounding the political status of Taiwan and an ambiguous collective consciousness. His latest video Long, Long Live, filmed at the Oasis Villa in Green Island, once a reform and re-education prison to house political prisoners during Taiwan’s martial law period, examines history through reviewing Taiwan’s historical identity and revealing political conspi ...
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Long Live
It has been the centenary of Hsinhai Revolution; the Cold War was long ended, neoliberalism conquered the world, the logic of global capitalism became universal currency. But what is the transcendental rule of history? Could there be a Nationalism’s everlasting dynasty? This video begins in Kinmen, the frontier of the frontiers of Cold War. Not a single soul in sight on the chilling battlefield, all we hear is ‘Wansui [literally ‘ten thousand years’]!’ repeatedly coming through the most power ...
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The Phantom of History
After Chiang Kai-shek’s decease in 1975, the whole Taiwan threw itself into a frenetic rush of idolatry. All types of statues sprang up everywhere to an astounding number of 50,000 and more. Since the abolition of martial law in 1987, many of Chiang’s statues were removed, some of which were relocated to the Cihu Memorial Park and becomes a popular destination for Mainland Chinese tourists. In the video I was made up to look like a splitting image of Chiang, goose-stepping all alone in the pa ...
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Mt. Jade Floating
On the highest peak of Mt. Jade, also the highest in East Asia, could once be found a bust of Yu Youren, which had been decapitated twice and was eventually removed. Inspired by this, I dressed up as the paramount leader, levitated on top of Mt. Jade whilst waving to the music of National Flag Anthem, then disappeared in a glare in the style of Sung Chili (religious imposter). The imagery gives the impression of a mottled, old-fashioned 8mm film, apparently haunted by spectres of history; it ...
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Yao Jui-Chung, 2007, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung, 2005, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung, 2002-2004, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung, 1997-2000, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung, 1996, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung, 1994, Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
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