Yu Cheng-Ta

Yu Cheng-Ta

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Yu Cheng-Ta (b. 1983) currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.  

Working primarily with non-professional actors in staged performances, Yu has developed a body of work that deals with the interstitial spaces and humorous misunderstandings that arise when different languages and cultures collide. 

Yu has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including: “Between Earth and the Sky: The Spiritual State of Our Times”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (TW, 2020); “Participation Mystique”, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (CN, 2020); “Durian Exercise Room”, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (KR, 2020); “FAMEME”, Performa 19 Biennial, New York (US, 2019); “Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris”, Centre National de la Danse, Paris (FR, 2019); “Watermelon Love”, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR, 2018); “Tell Me What You Want”, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (DK, 2018)/ Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR, 2018); “Tell Me What You Want – A Solo Exhibition by Yu Cheng-Ta”, Hong-gah Museum, Taipei (TW, 2017); “Polyphonies”, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR, 2016); “Life in Between – Delight and Discomfort”, Gwangju City Museum of Art, Gwangju (KR, 2016); “Declaration/ Documentation”, Taipei Biennial, Taipei (TW, 2016);  “To the Sound of the Closing Door”, Forum Expanded at The 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin (DE, 2015); “Social Factory”, The 10th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai (CN, 2015); “Practicing LIVE”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (TW, 2014); The 2nd CAFA Biennial, Beijing (CN, 2014); Solo Exhibition “My Private Foreign Affairs”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung (TW, 2013); “Biennial Cuvée 08”, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (AT, 2012); The 53rd Venice Biennale Taiwan Pavilion, Venice (IT, 2009). 

Yu was awarded First Place of Taipei Arts Awards, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TW, 2008).


GALLERY EXHIBITION

“Every Man is an Artist” - Talking About Artists’ Social Engagement

January 17 – March 28, 2020

Chi-Wen Produces:

5 October – 2 November, 2019

Summer of Discontent

August 24 – September 21, 2019

Kingdom of Wonder

June 1 – July 13, 2019

California Dreaming

February 3 – March 3, 2018

Parklife

October 20 – November 30, 2017

Gym, Let's Work it Out

Curated by Kit Hammonds

December 3, 2016 – January 7, 2017

The Letters

November 8 – December 4, 2013


PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Between Earth and the Sky: The Spiritual State of Our Times

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

August 1 – October 18, 2020

Participation Mystique

Ming Contemporary Art Museum

June 27 – September 6, 2020

Durian Exercise Room

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

February 6 – May 10, 2020

FAMEME

Performa 19 Biennial

November 1 – 24, 2019

Flaneur Festival

Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt

August 31, 2019

The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay

Guangdong Times Museum

June 22 – August 18, 2019

Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris

Centre National de la Danse Paris

June 17 – 21, 2019

Narratives of Exchange

Instituto Alumnos, Mexico City

November 8 – December 23, 2018

Watermelon Sisters

Pompidou Centre

September 27, 2018

Tell Me What You Want

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

September 26, 2018

Tell Me What You Want

Centre Pompidou

September 13, 2018

Cinema Taipei

Bangkok Biennial 2018

July 1 – 29, 2018

2050. A Brief History of the Future

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

March 24 – June 3, 2018

Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ+ Issues and Art Now

Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei

September 9 – November 5, 2017

Tell Me What You Want

Hong-gah Museum

July 29 – September 17, 2017

Arena

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

July 8 – September 17, 2017

Broken Spectre

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

July 1 – September 17, 2017

LIFE IN BETWEEN: DELIGHT AND DISCOMFORT

Gwangju Museum of Art

August 23 – November 13, 2016

Polyphonies

Centre Pompidou, Paris

October 19, 2016 – January 23, 2017

Declaration / Documentation: Taipei Biennial 1996 – 2014

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

August 13, 2016 – February 5, 2017

An Alternative Travelogue

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

February 27 – May 25, 2016

Dance with the Museum Collection – Retrieved, Reimagined, Restated

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

May 28 – October 2, 2016

External Observer

1335 MABINI

January 9 – February 7, 2016

Alice’s Rabbit Hole – Everyday Life, Comprehensible and Incomprehensible

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

October 9, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Forum Expanded at Berlin International Film Festival

February 5 – 15, 2015

JIE (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan

Johnson Museum of Art, USA

August 16 – December 21, 2014

The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture

CAFAM Art Museum, Beijing

February 28 – April 30, 2014

2013 Asian Art Biennial: Everyday Life

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

October 4 – January 5, 2013

My Private Foreign Affairs

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

June 8 – August 18, 2013


 

SELECTED PRESS

Centre Pompidou in Paris to explore desire, identity with Taiwan video artworks

Taiwan Today

September 3, 2018

REVIEW: Yu Cheng-Ta 'Tell Me What You Want'

ArtReview Asia

Winter, 2017

A dialogue with Yu Cheng-Ta

SCREEN

August 1, 2015

10th Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory

Artlink

March, 2015

PRACTICING LIVE: YU CHENG-TA’S PERFORMANCE AND ITS LIMITS

LEAP

February 26, 2015

In conversation with Yu Cheng-Ta

Freya Chou

March, 2013

LANGUAGE SHIFTER

Pipeline

June, 2012

The Topological Foreign Affairs of Voice, The "Photo-Art" of Cheng-Ta Yu

Huang Chien-Hung

2008