Liang-Kai Yu studies contemporary art and critical museology, with a focus on queer artistic and curatorial productions. He is currently working on the PhD research project “Queering the Museum: Contemporary Artists and Curators as Critical Visitors and Their Creative Interventions”. The project investigates how contemporary artists and curators can intervene into Dutch, English and German museums in order to rethink the intersecting exclusions and inequalities within heritage institutions. It is funded by NWO and part of the consortium research project “The Critical Visitor” (2020-2025). While Yu’s research focuses on queer artistic and curatorial interventions, his interests engage in larger issues such as the politics of display, institutional critique, critical theory such as intersectional feminist and queer theory, and radical museology. Prior to the PhD project, his MA thesis (cum laude) at Leiden University explores subversive display approaches of Fred Wilson, Henrik Olesen and the Schwules Museum in Berlin so as to open up queer imaginations in exhibition space. In addition, he curates exhibitions, writes for art magazines and delivers guest lectures on the subject of curatorial intervention and queer art.
Fields of interest
- Art and Politics
- Museum and Curatorial Studies
- Queer Theory
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Contemporary Art
Part of the consortium research project “The Critical Visitor: Intersectional Approaches for Rethinking and Retooling Accessibility and Inclusivity in Heritage Spaces” (2020-2025) led by Dr. Eliza Steinbock.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden), Dr. Eliza Steinbock (Leiden), and Dr.ir. Dirk van den Heuvel (TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut)
The project ‘Queering the Museum’ explores contemporary LGBT+ curatorial and artistic interventions into the Dutch, German and English museums. It compares how in-house and guest curators revisit the exclusive model of museum conventions and reimagine alternative curatorial and collecting practices. Moreover, the project investigates multiple forms of sexism, racism and colonialism in museums, and how contemporary artists visualize and mediate such power relations through performances and installations. Interpreting curators and artists as the ‘critical visitor’, this project raises questions about processes of categorization and selection within museum collections and exhibitions, about inclusions and exclusions of queer histories, and regarding the intersection between sexual and racial marginalization. Conversing with intersectional feminist and queer theory, this project asks in what ways these curatorial, artistic and collective initiatives question the intersecting exclusions and inequalities within heritage institutions. While the focus is on queer artistic and curatorial interventions, these inquiries respond to the broader debate on the social role of museum in contemporary society.
Grants and awards
The First Place Student in the Humanity Faculty of National Yang-Ming University, 2014.
MA in Arts and Culture: Museum and Collections (cum laude), Leiden University, 2017-18.
MA in Graduate Institute for Studies in Visual Culture, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, 2013-16.
BA in College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, 2006-2011.
- Faculty of Humanities
- Centre for the Arts in Society
- KG Moderne beeldende kunst
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