Yao Jui-chung has been at the cutting edge of Taiwan’s contemporary art scene for nearly two decades. At mid-career, his creative output and provocative undertakings match those of an artist twice his age. Artist, curator, critic, author – Yao challenges expectations and cultural norms in diverse ways. Equally comfortable with photography, sculpture, performance and installation art, theater and film, Yao’s facility with new forms and media allows him to convey the many worlds of the artist in contemporary Taiwan. Like others of his generation, much of Yao Jui-chung’s work has been rooted in issues surrounding Taiwan’s national and cultural identity. Yao’s generation experienced an ideological shift that marked the beginning of a new era in Taiwan. Taipei is Yao Jui-chung’s base. Born there in 1969, Yao graduated from the National Institute of Art in 1994. His world, however, stretches far beyond Taiwan, he has found recognition extending to Europe, North America, and throughout Asia, where he has participated in solo and group exhibitions. In 1997, Yao represented Taiwan at the Venice Biennale with Territory Takeover, an irreverent photographic series on Taiwan’s post-colonial identity. In his works, Yao Jui-chung faces the challenge of traditional Chinese art with the same irreverence he brought to his earlier work. Submitting Chinese painting’s traditions and iconic styles to his characteristic scrutiny and sardonic wit, he has created work that is new, provocative, and uniquely his own.