Yao Jui-Chung

Yao Jui-Chung (b.1969) currently lives and works in Taipei. His works has been widely exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in Facing Faces-Taiwan at the Venice Biennale. After that, he took part in Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Venice Architecture Biennale, SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2014) and Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), Beijing Photo Biennale (2013), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Taipei Biennial (2010), APT6 (2009), the International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (2005). Yao is the winner of The Multitude Art Prize in 2013. 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.

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 2010, Yao grouped his students into a team of photography workshop called "Lost Society Document"(LSD). He encouraged them to photograph and survey in their hometowns. Through the way of field survey, they attempt to draw the outline of "mosquito houses" which have been widely criticized, publish three books named Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan , and practice the possibility of observing the society by the meaning of art.

姚瑞中(Yao Jui-Chung)1969年生於台灣台北,1994年國立藝術學院 (國立台北藝術大學) 美術系畢業。曾代表台灣參加1997年威尼斯雙年展、2005年橫濱三年展、2009年亞太三年展、2010年台北雙年展聯動計劃、2012上海雙年展,海內外聯展百餘次。曾擔任天打那實驗體團長 (1992-)、楊德昌電影美術指導 (1994)、非常廟藝文空間執行長 (2006~2009) 等工作 。曾赴舊金山「海得嵐藝術中心」(1997)、倫敦「蓋斯沃克藝術家工作室」(2001)、紐約ISCP (2006) 及蘇格蘭 Glenfiddich (2007) 駐村。

專長為攝影、裝置及繪畫,其作品涉獵層面廣泛,主要探討人類一種荒謬處境,其代表作品包括探討台灣主體性問題的 “本土佔領行動” (1994)、顛覆中國近代史政治神話的 ”反攻大陸行動” (1997),以及探討後殖民主義的 “天下為公行動” (1997-2000),與「行動三部曲外一章」的 “萬里長征行動之乾坤大挪移” (2002),2007年發表的 “歷史幽魂”、“分列式” 及 “玉山飄浮” 三件錄像,則以幽默手法對過去的威權統治進行顛覆。 2010年至2011年帶領一百餘位同學返鄉進行 “海市蜃樓-台灣公共閒置設施” 拍攝計劃,以公民參與的方式提醒社會大眾並提供政府有關部門參考,出版品及展覽引起社會高度關注。