Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo 郭展源 (born in Taiwan, 1994) 

Memory. It is the source of knowledge, the vehicle in which I approach the correlation between body, family, pictorial experience, object, and space. Drawing from memories, the perpetually categorised and designated narratives are identities in progress, the becoming of individual personhood in relation to the collective more than well established entities. My artistic practice melds traditional media such as photography, text, and installation with site-specific cleaning gestures, exploring poetic scenarios where the paradoxes of intimacy, vulnerability, identity insecurity, estrangement, and the absurd latent violence of patriarchal structure are captured, exposed, cleaned.

I reconfigure the unseen that is difficult to clean.


This website is a work in progress.  
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Enquiries, collaborations, or press, please contact ︎ Jaanyuankuo@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae


MFA Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
(Kunstakademiet, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), Oslo, Norway
Main Advisor: Maryam Jaffri (2019-20) & Manuel Pelmuş (2020-21)
BFA Applied Arts (Visual Communication Design Group),
Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Professor: Civi Cheng Szu Wei (2016-17)

Solo Exhibition

To be announced, Podium Oslo, Oslo, Norway

‘The Location of Tears,’ Resepsjonsgalleri, Oslo, Norway
‘Lighter,’ Breadbox Contemporary, Oslo, Norway

‘The Backseat Window,’ Resepsjonsgalleri, Oslo, Norway

Selected Duo & Group Exhibition


‘The Great Indoors,’ Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

‘XMAS xoxo,’ Low Standards Oslo, Oslo, Norway
‘Work The Muscle,’ Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway
‘Hinne,’ Akademirommet (på Kunstnernes Hus), Oslo, Norway

‘The Moment You Told Me You Wanted to Experience It, I Thought About Giving You That Experience 2.0,’ (w/ JinBin Chen TienYi), Uncanny Valley (Online Exhibition)
‘The Moment You Told Me You Wanted to Experience It, I Thought About Giving You That Experience,’ (w/ JinBin Chen TienYi), White Box, Oslo, Norway

The Here and Now,’ Markveien 35B, Oslo, Norway
‘Group Exhibition of Young Designers 2017,’ Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
‘Young Designers' Exhibition 2017: Communicate,’ Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Workshop Screening


Workshop, ‘Keep It Clean (forthcoming / working title),’ Tenthaus
Screening, ‘Step Towards,’ prgramme Borgernes Bakgårdskino: Film før Avgang at St. Olavsgate 32 (A collaboration with JinBin Chen TianYi)
Photobook Workshop, ‘Artists' Publishing: Photobooks,’ Oslo, Norway Artist ︎ Victoria Browne & Christian Tunge
Screening, ‘Keep It Clean,’ Åpentakademi, Oslo, Norway
Cleaning Workshop, ‘Keep It Clean,’ Galleri Skylight, Oslo, Norway

Award & Nomination


Art Student Scholarship 2021 (Kunststudentstipend 2021), Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond (BKH), Norway
One-year Studio Grant (Atelierstipend, 2021-22) at Kunstnernes Hus, Fondet for Kunst og Designstudenter (FKDS), Norway

Artist Scholarship, Scholarship for Newly Graduated Artists (Diverse­stipend for Ny­utdannede Kunstnere), Arts Council Noway (Kulturrådet), Norway

Longlist, Photography Portfolio Award 2020 (Fotografis Portfoliopris 2020), Norway
Gold Award, Designer Venture Challenge Project, Taiwan Design Center, Taiwan
Young Pin Design Award (Category: Visual Communication Design), Taiwan Design Center, Taiwan
Young Pin Nomination (Category: Visual Communication Design) , Taiwan Design Center, Taiwan

Selected Press & 


‘Kunst til salgs! (text by Lars Elton),’ Billedkunst Nr. 2 2021, Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK)
‘I Don’t Have The Mental Capacity To Fail At Bread Making Right Now,’ ?box-magazine (Breadbox Contemporary)
‘Life Photography,’ Everyday Object, Issue. 020
‘Bu Shi Mei Shu Xi,’ Behance.net & InDesign
‘Communication,’ Behance.net & Branding
‘Bu Shi Mei Shu Xi,’ Inspire Magazine, No. 9
‘Bu Shi Mei Shu Xi,’ BFA Degree Show Publication 2017, Department of Applied Arts, Fu Jen Catholic University
‘Emotion Qualification: Leave and Move,’ Design Magazine, No. 185


Unge Kunstneres Samfund (Young Artists’ Society)
Norske Billedkunstnere (Association of Norwegian Visual Artist)

Last Updated: 27 Mar, 2021.
Imprint: Unless otherwise indicated, all materials are copyrighted by Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo.