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 in 2009 and Taipei biennial in 2010. He also had worked in theatre and film, lectured Art History and worked as art critic and curator. He now lectures in Fine Arts Department at National Taiwan Normal University.


Yao specializes in photography, installation and painting. The themes of Yao’s works varied, mainly discuss about the absurdity of human society, including the identity of Taiwan and post-colonialism. His humor reflected in his works tends to subvert the Authoritarian.


Yao’s photo installations include images of Taiwanese folklore, expressing the fake and alienated “cold reality” specifically in Taiwan. He also tries to probe into the eternal issue of body and soul. In recent years, he photographs ruins all around Taiwan in order to reveal the enormous ideological black hole in Taiwan hidden behind the trends of globalization and Taiwan’s specific historical background. Led by Yao, there is now a group of hundreds of students working on a project of photographing the spared public spaces in Taiwan. This projec