About

Born in 1988, Taiwan, WU Chia Yun is an artist and filmmaker based in New York, USA. She received an MA degree in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in London and an MFA degree in Motion Pictures from the National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei. Her works have expanded from film to installation and conceptual art. In order to explore the materiality of images, she has applied the technique of film narration, mise en scène and cinematic language into the experiments in transmedia and has developed moving images that penetrate different mediums. In addition to the expansion of images, WU also make fiction films. She uses characters and plots to narrate the indescribable life stories and discuss the sense of belonging, freedom, and human condition, reflecting the turbulence under the peace and unveiling the unseeable nature of spirits.

WU’s first film has been included in The European Independent Film Channel (France, 2015). She has been selected to the Proyector Festival de Videoarte (Spain, 2019, 2022), European Media Art Festival, (Germany, 2020), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (France, 2021), Fine Arts Film Festival (USA, 2022), London Short Film Festival (UK, 2022), etc. Her works have been screened at some international institutions, including Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin amongst others. Wu has participated in artist residency programs initiated by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec & Ciné Tapis Rouge (Canada, 2022), and NIDA. Meeting photography (Lithuania, 2022). She has awarded the Director Fellowship by the International Center of Photography (USA, 2022).

Education

MA degree in Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London, UK
MA exchange program in Photographie, ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels, BE
MFA degree in Motion Picture, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, TW
BFA degrees in Motion Picture & in Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, TW

Artist Residencies

2022 Nida Art Colony, Nida, LT – granted by Lithuanian Photographers Association
2022 Coop Lezarts, Montréal, CA – granted by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec & Ciné Tapis Rouge

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Borderless Place, Amber Museum Gallery, Nida, LT
2022 In Desert, Hong Foundation, Taipei, TW
2022 Taipei – Québec Exchange Program Presentation, La Chaufferie, Montréal, CA
2021 Inexhaustible Empty, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, TW
2021 Moldy Walls, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei, TW
2021 The Moment of Consciousness, Powen Gallery, Taipei, TW
2020 A Song for Loss, Yiri Arts, Taipei, TW
2019 darkness within darkness, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW
2018 Next Art Tainan Award, Art Tainan, Tainan, TW
2017 In Search of Inexistent Time, Art Taipei, Taipei, TW

Group Exhibitions

2022 Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York, UK
2021 Biennial International Paper Fibre Art, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou, TW
2020 National Art Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW
2019 Sealed Landscapes, Records of Anomalies, Tainan Art Museum, Tainan, TW
2019 Let us return home, UP Gallery, Hsinchu, TW
2019 Kaohsiung Award, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW
2018 Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award, Taoyuan Arts Center, Taoyuan,TW
2018 YES TAIWAN VII, AKI Gallery, Taipei, TW
2018 The Metamorphosis, Asir Art Museum, Tainan, TW
2018 Kaohsiung Award, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW
2018 Original Macao Video Festival, Espaço Video, Macao
2017 PLAY, Vertical Gallery, Hong Kong
2017 Under the Radar, Hangar Art Center, Brussels, BE
2017 Fun Young, Taiwan Art Bank, Taichung, TW
2016 A Piece of Daily, Yiri Arts, Taichung, TW
2016 ShowRCA, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2016 #WRITTNE, Finishing Touch, London, UK
2014 TRINITY, Redtory, Guangzhou, CN
2014 FREEDOM, namGallery, Tokyo, JP
2013 WAALAND, Taiwan Women’s Art Association, Taipei, TW
2012 Poetry & Installation Art, Yo-Chang Art Museum, Taipei, TW
2011 Snapshot Awards, Taiwan Photo Museum, Taipei, TW

Art and Film Festivals

2022 11th BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, ES
2022 20th Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana, AL – qualified by Academy Awards & European Film Awards
2022 15th Proyector Festival de Videoarte, Madrid, ES
2022 9th Fine Arts Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
2022 19th London Short Film Festival, London, UK – qualified by British Academy Film Awards
2021 17th Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata FestiFreak, Buenos Aires, AR
2021 19th International Festival Signs of the Night, Bangkok, TH
2021 23rd Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, FR
2020 33rd European Media Art Festival, Osnabrükc, DE
2019 12th Proyector Festival de Videoarte, Madrid, ES
2017 2nd New Taipei City Student Film Award, Taipei, TW
2015 5th Chinese Visual Festival, London, UK
2014 17th Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai, CN
2014 21st Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Taipei, TW
2014 14th Kaohsiung International Film Festival, Kaohsiung, TW
2014 36th Golden Harvest Awards for Outstanding Short Films, Taipei, TW

Awards and Honors

2022 Nominated, Taishin Arts Award, TW
2022 Third Prize, BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival, ES
2022 Selected, Loops Expanded, INT
2022 Longlisted, Aesthetica Art Prize, UK
2022 Official Competition, Tirana International Film Festival, AL
2021 Official Competition, International Festival Signs of the Night, TH
2020 Selected Award, National Art Exhibition, TW
2019 First Prize, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Kaohsiung Award, TW
2019 Shortlisted, FOAM Talent, NL
2018 Excellent Award, Brainstorming Contemporary Arts Awards, TW
2018 Selected Award, Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award, TW
2018 Selected Award, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Kaohsiung Award, TW
2018 Next Art Tainan Award, TW
2017 S-AN Cultural Foundation Award, TW
2017 Official Competition, New Taipei City Student Film Award, TW
2017 Ministry of Culture Emerging Artist Made in Taiwan Award, TW
2015 Ministry of Education Government Scholarship to Study Abroad, TW
2014 Official Competition, Shanghai International Film Festival, CN
2014 Official Competition, Women Make Waves International Film Festival, TW
2014 Official Competition, Kaohsiung International Film Festival, TW
2014 Official Competition, Golden Harvest Awards for Outstanding Short Films, TW
2013 Best Prize, Team Ear Music the Verse Experimental Video & Art Award, TW
2011 First Prize, Taiwan Photo Museum Snapshot Awards, TW

Collections

2019 On Freedom, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW
2018 Lonely Island, Tainan Art Museum, Tainan, TW
2017 A Line Tells, Taiwan Art Bank, Taichung, TW
2015 The Farewell, The European Independent Film Channel, Paris, FR

Art Fairs

2022 Art Taipei (Yiri Arts), Taipei, TW
2021 ART FUTURE (Yiri Arts), Taipei, TW
2021 One Art Taipei (Yiri Arts), Taipei, TW
2020 Art Taipei (Yiri Arts), Taipei, TW
2019 Art Taipei (Yiri Arts), Taipei, TW
2019 FLAME HK Video Art Fair (Yiri Arts), Hong Kong

Talks and Workshops

2022 NIDA. Meeting Photography, Nida, LT
2021 The Interpenetration of Photography and Film, Lightbox, Taipei, TW
2021 Contemporary Expanded Cinema, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, TW
2020 Creative Practice in Fluid VR, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, TW
2018 The Series Lectures of Earth Song, Yiri Class, Taipei, TW
2015 A Conversation with Taiwan Filmmakers, King’s College, London, UK