Tiyan Baker is a Bidayǔh-Anglo artist who works with video, installation and photography. Her practice draws on historical research, language reclamation, digital processes and material play to explore embodied Bidayǔh histories and subjectivities. By piecing together language, landscape and story, her practice celebrates indigenous knowledge and explores their radical potential to upend Western ideologies. She was born and raised on the Larrakia lands known as Darwin and currently lives and works on the Awabakal and Worimi lands known as Newcastle, Australia.




Selected Group Exhibitions and Festivals:


2022    Play Ground, curated by Holly Farrell, The Lock Up, NSW

2022    Personal Mythologies, curated by Sophia Cai, La Trobe Art Institute, VIC

2022    Epistolaristics, curated by Alfonse Chiu, GMBB, Malaysia

2022    a park is not a forest, curated by Salote Tawale, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, NSW

2021    Makeshift, curated by Taylor Mitchell, RMIT University, VIC

2021    No Show, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris, Carriageworks, NSW

2020    20:20, curated by Michael Moran, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), NSW

2020    NSW Visual Arts (Emerging) Fellowship, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Artspace, NSW

2020    Preppers, online

2019    Preppers, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA

2019    The Freedman Foundation Exhibition, curated by Isabella Cornell, UNSW Galleries, NSW

2017    Almost Doco, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris, RealTime Video Gallery, online



Tours:


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


2022    Winner, National Photography Prize, NSW

2021    Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, QLD

2020    Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award, NSW

2020    Finalist, NSW Visual Arts (Emerging) Fellowship

2020    Finalist, Goolugatup Heathcote Digital Art Prize, WA

2019    Recipient, The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, NSW

2018    Finalist, The 65th Blake Prize, NSW

2014    Winner, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award, ACT




Solo Exhibitions:


2022    My mother’s tongue, Bus Projects, VIC

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



Screenings, Film Festivals and Events:


2022    Portrait of a Place, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris, Kings ARI, VIC 

2022    Composite x SEVENTH, Composite Moving Image Agency & Media Bank, VIC

2022    The Discomfort of Everything, Dogmilk Films, Miscellania, VIC

2022    Powerhouse Late, Powerhouse Museum, NSW

2022    Australian Next Wave, 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, QLD

2021    Crisis Actor, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, NSW

2020    Hyperlinks URL, Static Vision, online

2020    Lockdown: An Interactive Livestream, Static Vision, online

2020    Hyperlinks, Static Vision, NSW

2019    Biting Morsel, Verge Gallery, NSW

2017    Adhocracy 2017, SA



Selected Residencies and Activities:


2022    CUT N POLISH, Carriageworks, NSW

2021    SEM/ALAM Art Lab, Centre for Urban Mythologies + Gerimis Art Project Malaysia, online

2022    disorganising, Bus Projects + West Space + Liquid Architecture, VIC

2021    Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) Interdisciplinary Lab, online

2020    Residency, Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, Sarawak

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

2017    Residency, Frontyard Projects, NSW

2017    Residency, Adhocracy 2017, SA

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:


2022    Dinesh Kumar Maganathan. Orang Asal exhibition in KL highlights a new generation of indigenous artists. The Star.

2022    Verónica Tello. From Impulse to Action, A Park is Not a Forest. MeMO Rewiew.

2021    Pamela See. Exhibition review: The Churchie Emerging Art Prize. ArtsHub.

2021    Madeline Brewer. ‘the churchie’ emerging art prize 2021. The Review Board.

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.