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Yao Jui-chung

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Ultramarathon (detail), 2016 Black Ink, Gold Leaf on Indian Handmade Paper H 194cm X W 688cm (9 Sheets/ Paper Size) © Courtesy of the Artist
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Ultramarathon, 2016 Black Ink, Gold Leaf on Indian Handmade Paper H 194cm X W 688cm (9 Sheets/ Paper Size) © Courtesy of the Artist
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Wonderful: Dream dreams in Scotland, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 140x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Making Love in We-go Motel, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 100x70cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yaoiyao on the Internet in Scotland, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 100x70cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Crossing the Taiwan Strait by a Leaf, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 140x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: The Holy Ridge under the Milk-way, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 140x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Making Love at HeHuan Mountain, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 100x70cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yao is Asking the Crystal ball Who is his Wife, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 100x70cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yao is Ready for Painting, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 100x70cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Playing Mah-jong/ Win Extra point for Self-Drawn, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yao at his Studio in Summer Aftermoon, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Two Betel nut for Hundred Dollar, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yao is Playing Dice Game to Win the Sausage, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Maggie is Asking the Horoscope in IT Park, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Wonderful: Yao is Singing in The Cashbox Karaoke, 2007 Hand Made Paper, Ink With Gold Leaf 70x100cm © Courtesy of the Artist & IT PARK
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Heaven, 2001 Photo Installation 354 1/4 X 141 3/4 X 197 7/8 Inches © Courtesy of Galerie Grand Siècle, Taiwan
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Taipei, Taiwan
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Taipei
Works in
Taipei
Representing galleries
Tags
installation, photography
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Bio

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, critic and curator. He teaches at National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts.