Aki Pao-Chen Chiu’s practice has developed around interests in investigating the relationships between humans and their environments. Her work encompasses photography, moving-image and installation. She focuses on the habitual interactions between daily utilitarian artefacts (tangible objects) which manifest the process of intangible objects (cultures, belief systems, classes, politics, education) and embody our behaviour, thoughts, and values. Guided by this focus, Chiu’s work seeks to discover how social systems, ideologies, habits and artefacts construct and determine human identities in order to provide ways of knowing/understanding ourselves from the aspect of either an individual or a part of society.
Chiu was born in Taiwan, 1987. She is currently pursuing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. Chiu completed a BFA at the National Taiwan University of Fine Arts in 2009. Her series of installation works have been selected in the Newly Emerging Artists in Taiwan 3D Creation Series. She has also participated in public art projects such as Play on Street by JFAA in 2010. Chiu is among artists selected for Becoming, a group exhibition at RCA’s Dyson Gallery presented by Sedition and Subject Matter.