11th June 2015
Born in 1969, Yao Jui-chung is now internationally recognised as one of the most innovative Chinese artists of his generation. However, his work runs against the current of much of the mainstream avant-garde, in its unabashed delight in producing a visual experience for the viewer that is beautiful as well as intellectually provocative.
Artist, curator, critic, author – Yao challenges expectations and cultural norms in diverse ways. He is equally comfortable with photography, sculpture, performance and installation art as well as theatre and film. Yao has attracted international recognition for all of these various ways in which he aims to render the zeitgeist of the last years, years that have been so fertile for the emergence of Chinese artists.
Yao graduated from the National University of the Arts in 1994 and currently teaches at the National Taiwan University of Fine Arts. Like many artists and writers of his generation, much of his work has been rooted in issues surrounding Taiwan’s national and cultural identity and his country’s complex relationship with the Mainland.