LAI, Yi-Hsin Nicole


latest update:2021-12-31

Lai Yi-Hsin holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a master’s degree and a PhD from the Art and Visual Culture MA at University of Westminster. In 2011, she founded “Art Square Taiwan” studio. She has been committed to the curation of contemporary art, visual culture study, promotion of art education and writing of art and culture performances for years, and frequently collaborates and interacts with other art and culture institutions and curatorial organizations at home and abroad. In 2018, she founded the “Project School” platform program to invite creators of various categories to participate in the program. Series of action workshops were run to inspire participants’ interest in art and creation, stimulate imagination and creativity, hoping to develop more thinking and actions which have cultural influences. At present, she works as Director of Chiayi Art Museum, and she is committed to enhancing the professionalism, publicity, and diversity of the Museum and advocating for international and local art exchanges.

As a curator, Lai Yi-Hsin has worked on different yet connected aspects during these years. Since 2011, Lai has curated various exhibitions with focuses on the urban fabric and the extension of historical spaces in the postcolonial era, providing new narrations and possibilities with contemporary art making and displaying. She also organized artist residency programs and themed exhibition projects which invited artists and multidisciplinary professionals to discover and extend their visions and ideas of cities, forming conversations with local residents. Furthermore, she had several projects that sought to examine the relationships between historical memories and works of individual authors. Specifically, via focusing on the social and cultural values, and the agency of these collective and individual voices, she tried to review how societies, politics, genders, classes and different experiences had formed their identities. Now, as the director of Chiayi Art Museum, Lai aims to reconstruct the local art history, to connect and communicate with the contemporary life, and to attract more people to experience and learn various arts with various promotional and education campaigns.

  • 2021

    Amongst the Silence, co-curated with Tien Zong-Yuan, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • 2019

    Sharing Perceptions, Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan; Akademie Graz, Graz, Austria

  • 2019

    Living Sound—Expanding the Extramusical, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2019

    Madou Sugar Industry Art Triennial, co-curated with Eric Chen, Chiu Chun-Ta Yves, Tsai Ming-Chun, and Su Meng-Tsun, Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2018

    Reality | Undercurrent, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2017

    The Bared Sound: A Symphony of Artists from Taiwan and Mississippi, co-curated with Chang Chung-fan, Mississippi, U.S.

  • 2017

    Shattered Sanctity, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, TAF Innovation Base, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2016

    Lost in the Möbius - Taiwan.Macau, co-curated with Natalie Wong, Taipei Artist Village, FreeS Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan; Ox Warehouse, Creative Macau, Macau ,China

  • 2014

    There Has Been, Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2014

    Next Art Tainan: Articipation & Nextension, Tainan urban and art spaces, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2012-2018

    Arts Residency Programme, Tainan urban space, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2011

    Reading Tainan - Solo Exhibition by Ariel Kuo, Fiction Cafe and Tainan urban spaces, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2011

    University of Westminster, PhD in Visual Culture

  • 2003

    University of Westminste, MA in Visual Culture

  • 2002

    University of London, Royal Holloway, BA in Media Arts

  • 2019-

    Chiayi Art Museum, Director

  • 2010-2019

    Art Square Taiwan, curator

  • 2014-2019

    Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Tainan National University of the Arts, National Kaohsiung Normal University, assistant professor, part-time (different periods)

  • 2003-2005

    National Palace Museum, Challenge 2008: Digital Museum National Plan research assistant