Associate Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts
Yao Jui-Chung was born in 1969. Lives and works in Taipei. He graduated from The National Institute of The Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts). His works has been widely exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. including Venice Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, APT6 Triennale, Shanghai Biennale, Beijing Photo Biennale, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, Media City Seoul Biennale, Asia Triennial Manchester, Asia Biennale, Sydney Biennale & Taipei Biennale. Yao is the winner of The Multitude Art Prize in 2013 and 2014 Asia pacific Art Prize. Yao specializes in photography, installation and painting. The themes of his works are varied, but most importantly they all examine the absurdity of the human condition. Yao has assembled all the black-and-white photos of ruins he took in the past 30 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. Since 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 surveys, they have attempt to draw the outline of “mosquito houses” which have been widely criticized, published five books named “Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan” and practice looked into the possibility of observing the society by through the meaning of Art. He has also published several books. His works have been collected by lots of public museum and many other private collectors. Also a Part Time Teacher at the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts.