Liang-Kai YU studies contemporary art, critical museology, and queer theory, with a focus on queer artistic and curatorial productions. Currently conducting on-site ethnographic research at the Van Abbemuseum, his doctoral research explores contemporary LGBT+ curatorial and artistic interventions into the Dutch and other international art museums. Interpreting contract workers, curators, activists, and artists as the “critical visitors”, this project raises questions about intersectional politics of displaying sexual minorities, ways of collecting marginalized histories, and artistic fabulations of deviant museology. The project is funded by The Dutch Research Council (NWO), part of the consortium research project “The Critical Visitor: The Heritage Sector at a Crossroads: The Way of Intersectionality.” In 2020, he co-curated a queer feminist exhibition 不適者生存? Survival of the Exceptional at Tainan Art Museum in Taiwan.
YU's area of expertise intersects queer theory, contemporary art, and museum/curatorial studies. His research topics include:
- Queer feminist curatorship
- Intersectional politics of display
- Museum as colonial white cube
- Race and Sexuality in performance and installation art
Professional career history
MA in Arts and Culture: Museum and Collections (cum laude), Leiden University, 2017-18.
MA in Graduate Institute for Studies in Visual Culture, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, 2013-16.
BA in College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, 2006-2011.