Ya-chu Kang

Ya-chu Kang is a Taipei-based artist. She receive her master degree in Applied Art from National Tainan University of Art in Taiwan and whose work explores issues of identity, the relationship between human and natural and the social environment message through mix- media sculpture, site-specific installation, land art, video, drawing, photographs, textile research and collaboration.

Environment and life has always been interest for Kang, and how the materials relate to the body and physical perception. Observing different culture and tradition on her keep going travel experiences, she discovered that the similarities of social systems and many discarded resources that can be easily found and re-examined. Her art reflects the historical meaning and the ontological vale of the object itself. Described as “simulation form” the work eliminates the boundary between usable items and sculpture — the functional and the aesthetic. The materials themselves have nostalgic senses and original meaning perhaps hidden from their symbolism.

The themes of her multiple series of boundaries, such as natural and soul, life and death, time and space, as well as personal reactions to exteriors often articulated through textile process. Those process embracing accidents, mutations, and accretions of surface and detail with time; accepting nature to have its way with unstable mediums, including plant, sun, salt, and water; and intensive collaboration. Through her works itself to open the viewer’s experiences and imagination.

Kang has exhibited internationally since 2006, in Japan, Europe, North America, India, etc; received grants and awards nationally and internationally, including Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taipei City Government and International AIR program fellowship.



2005   Tainan National University of the Arts, Applied Art graduate institute (M.F.A), Taiwan

2002   National Taiwan University of the Arts, Sculpture Department (B.F.A), Taiwan


2016   Koganecho Area Management Center, Yokohama, Japan

2015   Sipna Walk Art Residency Project, Melgath tribal area, Paratwada, Maharashtra, India

Global Nomadic Art Project- Nature Renaissance, Gujarat, India

Äkkigalleria Residency Project, Jyväskylä, Finland

2014   Silpakorn Art Lab Residency Project, Nakorn Pathom Province, Thailand

International Art and Design Workshop, Khon Kaen University, Thailand


2015   In Transit – Two Person Solo Exhibition, Taipei Artist Village Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2011   Border Crossings, Suho Paper Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2010   As Covering, Tosee Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Invisible posture, Gifu City Culture Art Center, Japan

2008   Forgotten- Opening studio, ARCUS, Japan

2007   Snow Day, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont, USA



2016   Somewhere In Between The Boundaries, Absolute Space for The Art, Tainan, Taiwan

2014   Upside Down Fire, Initial Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada

2013   Boom and Bust, Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong

Portable Walls, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, BC, Canada



2017   Kokanejo Biennale, Kokanejo, Japan

Dadaocheng Summer Art Festival, Dadaocheng Public Stree Area, Taipei, Taiwan

Ganjyouji Kofun Art Exhibiton, Gifu, Japan

Collecting & So On, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2016   Life of the Asia, Koganecho Area Management Center, Yokohama, Japan

Dadaocheng Summer Art Festival, AMA Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland

Keelung International Marine Art Festival, Keelung, Taiwan

Very Fun Park @NTU, Organized by Fubon Art Foundation Taipei, Taiwan

2015   Modern Weavolution, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival, Taipei, Taiwan

Very Fun Park, Organized by Fubon Art Foundation Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Children’s Arts Festival, Bopiliao Historical Block Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Object: About Memory and Time, Nunu Fine Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Yuejin Lantern Festival, Yuejingang Riverside, Yanshui District, Tainan, Taiwan

2014   Culture and Social Cost, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Ecolution of Taiwan Fiber Art, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taiwan

Art Solo 14 Art Fair, Taipei EXPO Park- EXPO Dome, Taipei, Taiwan

Boundaries and Diffusion, Yo-Chang Art Museum at National Taiwan University of Art, Taipei, Taiwan

Scythia 10 – International Biennial Contemporary Textile Art Exhibition, Kherson, Ukraine

Intertwined – Exploring Textile Art, Kaohsiung Fine Art Museum-Children Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


「Textile Map 2」, Garden City Publisher, April 2016, Taiwan

「Textile Map」, Garden City Publisher, Feb 2015, Taiwan


2016  “International Triennial of Tapestry”-2016-1 Culture Exchange Travel Grant, National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan

2015  “Äkkigalleria Residency Project”- 104-2 Culture Exchange Travel Grant, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

The Outstanding Popular Award- Art Exhibition Research for Social Devotion, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Culture Research Travel Grant, Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation, Taiwan/ Peru

2014   103-2 Creation Grant, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

2013  “Capture Photography Festival” in Canada- Exhibition Travel Grant, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

“Portable Walls” in Canada- Exhibition Travel Grant, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

2012   Taipei Art Fair- MIT- Exhibition Grant, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

“Portable Walls” in Canada- Exhibition Travel Grant, Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan

Judges Awards Winner- Make It Short, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA (Recoil w/ Christian Nicolay)



2015   7th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt, w/ Christian Nicolay

Convergence, National Art Gallery Bangkok, Thailand, w/ Christian Nicolay

2014    VAEFF, Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Juried, Tribeca Cinemas, NY,USA, w/ Christian Nicolay

Wayfinding Film Festival, Juried, Traveling festival screening at Force Field Festival, Philadelphia PA & Wassaic Project,  Wassaic NY USA, w/ Christian Nicolay


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