Originally from Darwin, NT, currently lives and works in Sydney.
Tiyan Baker is an early career Indigenous Malaysian-Australian artist who practices across video, sound, installation. Baker's practice mostly engages communities where contemporary Western crises around power, exploitation, neoliberalism, neo-colonialism, environmental degradation and psycho-spiritual alienation are staged. Her work is heavily based in field-research, drawing on documentary techniques to explore the emotional experience of the self as embedded in greater socio-political contexts. Baker recently worked with Hobart-based arts organisation Constance ARI to produce Bliss Me (2018), a public installation that works with local residents to reflect on the rise of luxury arts tourism in Hobart. Other recent projects have seen her work with ecopsychologists, Australian YouTubers and their fans, the users of the disturbing subreddit r/WatchPeopleDie and online human extinction forums. Baker graduated with an Award of Distinction in Fine Arts/Arts from the University of New South Wales (2012).
2019 | Hard As You Can (upcoming), Prototype, online
2019 | One Million Views, Closed on Monday Gallery, online
2018 | Bliss Me, Constance ARI, Hobart, TAS
2017 | The Witness, Adhocracy 2017, Port Adelaide, SA
2016 | One Million Views, Success, Fremantle, WA
Selected Group Exhibitions and Festivals:
2019 | Work in development (upcoming), Preppers, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
2018 | The 65th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula, NSW
2017 | Apocalypse Anonymous, The Big Anxiety Festival 2017, Parramatta, NSW
2017 | Danced Together, Out of the Studio, Shopfront Arts Co-op, NSW
2017 | The Witness: Portrait of r/WatchPeopleDie, RealTime Video Gallery
2016 | One Million Views, Next Wave Festival 2016, Melbourne, VIC
2016 | One Million Views, PICA Open Studios, Perth, WA
2014 | Recreating Memories, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2014 | Ba-Da-Bing, Red Gate Studios, Beijing, China
2014 | Feijiacun, Red Gate Studios, Beijing, China
Selected Residencies and Activities:
2017 | Vision Switcher, The Second Woman, Liveworks 2017, NSW
2017 | Artist in Residence, Frontyard Projects, NSW
2017 | Participating Artist, The Big Anxiety Festival, NSW
2017 | Participating Artist, Adhocracy 2017, Port Adelaide, SA
2017 | Out of the Studio development program, Dirty Feet, NSW
2016 | Artist In Residence, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, WA
2016 | Participating Artist, Next Wave Festival 2016, Melbourne, VIC
2015 | Underbelly Arts Mentor Speed Dating, Sydney, NSW
2014 | Artist In Residence, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
2018 | Constance Ari Open Space (upcoming)
2018 | The 65th Blake Prize, Finalist - The Witness: Portrait of r/WatchPeopleDie
2017 | The Big Anxiety Festival - Apocalypse Anonymous
2017 | RealTime Arts Magazine
2016 | City Of Melbourne Annual Arts Program - One Million Views
2016 | VicArts Grants Program - One Million Views
2014 | Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award, Winner - Recreating Memories
2012 | Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Time-Based Arts and Chinese Studies, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
2010 | Digital Media Studies, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2009 | Porosity Studio, Donghua University, Shanghai, China
2018 | Elfy Scott. "If You're So Miserable About Climate Change You Don't Want Kids, You're Not Alone." BuzzFeed.
2017 | Lauren Carroll Harris. "The Witness: Portrait of r/WatchPeopleDie." Real Time Arts.
2017 | Cathy Anderson. "Digital Portraiture Award flips the portrayal of identity in art." ArtsHub.
2016 | Laetitia Wilson. "Success putters off in style." Weekend Arts.
2016 | Dhanya Samuel. "A ‘next wave' Indian-origin YouTuber." Indian Link.
2015 | Subhash Jaireth. On Hold in Moments
2014 | James Purtill. "Digital artist Tiyan Melissa Kilie Baker's portraits depict memories of love and loss in Beijing." ABC Radio Darwin.
2014| Jane Somerville. Identities in digital: Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award. ArtsHub.
2014 | Siobhan Heanue. "Lonely landscapes of love: digital portraiture award goes to young Northern Territory artist." ABC News.