Tiyan Baker is an early career Malaysian Bidayǔh/Anglo Australian artist who makes video and installation art. Tiyan's practice engages with sites of contemporary cultural crises. Her work often uses field research, documentary techniques and digital processes to question established discourses and reveal bias, frailty and failure. Tiyan’s practice also explores her Bidayǔh heritage, piecing together language, story and knowledge to create hybridised cosmologies. Originally from the Larrakia lands known as Darwin, Tiyan currently lives and works on the Gadigal and Wangal lands known as Sydney.



Selected Group Exhibitions and Festivals:


2022    The Lock Up, NSW (upcoming)

2021    Disorganising, Bus Projects + West Space + Liquid Architecture, VIC (upcoming)

2021    Crisis Actor, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, NSW 

2021    Makeshift, RMIT University, VIC

2021    No Show, Carriageworks, NSW

2020    20:20, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), NSW

2020    NSW Visual Arts (Emerging) Fellowship, Artspace, NSW

2020    Preppers, online

2019    Preppers, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

2019    The Freedman Foundation Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, NSW

2019    Biting Morsel, Verge Gallery, NSW

2017    Adhocracy 2017, SA

2017    Almost Doco, RealTime Video Gallery, online



Tours:


Bamboo Paradise as part of the group show Preppers, supported by Art on the Move, touring at:

  • Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA (2020)
  • Katanning Art Gallery, WA (2020)
  • Museum of the Goldfields, WA (2021)
  • Albany Town Hall, WA (2021)
  • The Cannery Arts Centre, WA (2021)



Prizes:


2021    Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (upcoming)

2020    Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award

2020    Finalist, NSW Visual Arts (Emerging) Fellowship

2020    Finalist, Goolugatup Heathcote Digital Art Prize

2019    Recipient, The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship

2018    Finalist, The 65th Blake Prize

2014    Winner, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award




Solo Exhibitions:


2020    Tarun, Prototype, online

2019    Hard As You Can, Prototype, online

2019    One Million Views, Closed on Monday Gallery, online

2018    Bliss Me, Constance ARI, TAS

2016    One Million Views, Success, WA



Collaborations:


2021    A Sunken Garden, with Lyndon Blue, Girls School Gallery, WA

2020    Panic Buy, with Guy Louden, Sawtooth ARI, TAS, online

2020    Panic Buy, with Guy Louden, Girls School Gallery, WA

2017    Apocalypse Anonymous, with Loren Kronemyer, The Big Anxiety Festival 2017, NSW

2016    One Million Views, with Xanthe Dobbie, Next Wave Festival 2016, VIC



Selected Residencies and Activities:


2021    PICA Interdisciplinary Lab, online

2020    Residency, Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, Sarawak

2019    Residency, Chronus Art Centre, on invitation from Pony Express, Shanghai

2017    Vision Switcher, The Second Woman, Liveworks 2017, NSW

2017    Residency, Frontyard Projects, NSW

2017    Out of the Studio development program, Dirty Feet, NSW

2016    Residency, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA

2014    Residency, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing



Education:


2012    Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts, UNSW

2010    Digital Media Studies, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (exchange program)

2009    Porosity Studio, Donghua University, Shanghai, China (exchange program)




Selected Bibliography:

2021    Dinushi Dias. Goldfields museum exhibition reveals what you may have in common with doomsday preppers. ABC Goldfields. 

2021    Phoebe Chen. Radical Ecologies. Carriageworks Journal.

2020     Gina Fairley. Exhibition Review: 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace. ArtsHub.

2020     Barnaby Smith. Tiyan Baker and Guy Louden on the cold poetics of the pandemic. Art Guide.

2020     Preppers and the YOYO (You’re on your own culture). We Make Money Not Art.

2020     5 Questions with Tiyan Baker. Liminal Magazine.

2020     Miranda Johnson. Prepping for Doomsday. Seesaw Magazine.

2020     Ben Rodin. I Feel A Song Coming On. Semaphore.

2019     Stuart Richards. Prototype review: experimental Australian films as poetic diary entries. The Conversation.

2019     Shelley Wang. Artist of the Week. ARC UNSW.

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.




I live and work on the lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation.
This sovereign land was never ceded.
The land I live on always was and always will be Aboriginal land.