Always was, always will be
Still from video, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)
Still from video, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)
Still from video, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)
Still from video, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)
Installation view, 'Bamboo Paradise', photo courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre (2019)
Installation view, 'Bamboo Paradise', photo courtesy of Fremantle Arts Centre (2019)
Installation view, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)
Installation view, photo courtesy of the artist (2019)

BAMBOO PARADISE (2019)

'Bamboo Paradise' is currently showing at Fremantle Arts Centre as part of 'Preppers', curated by Guy Louden. A performative iteration of this work was shown at Verge Gallery, NSW, in 2019 and was curated by Tulleah Pearce.

In Bamboo Paradise, Tiyan Baker investigates the recent explosion of "primitive lifestyle" YouTube content coming out of South East Asia. Her three-channel video installation is based on a Cambodian channel, Survival Builder, that uses primitive construction techniques to make luxury structures in the jungle. Bamboo Paradise combines interviews with the YouTuber, their fans, and behind-the-scenes footage to uncover a sprawling content industry built around collective fantasies of village life and latent desires for collapse.