Yu-Sheng Chiu is a Taiwanese photo-based artist residing in Ottawa, Canada. She dedicates her work towards the navigation of self through the theme of solitude that dominates most of her projects. She also utilizes her interest in feminism as a tool to examine the obscure relationship between identity, gender, and external matters that impact her purpose as an artist through genres like self-portraiture.
From 2020 to 2021, Chiu worked as a photographer for The Argosy, the first independent press run by students in Canada. She also founded Asian Women Photographers in April 2021 in response of the lack of safe space for Asian female-identifying lens-based artists to create and network.
Her work has appeared in 3rd_Year_Photo.tif at Mount Allison University (2021), School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa’s Open House (2021, 2022), Ottawa-based zine Do It for the Grain (2021, 2022), Exhibition No. 17 at SPAO, Expressing the Internal: Self beyond the Selfie curated by Niniane Kelley for Analog Forever Magazine (2022), followed by upcoming exhibitions like Home/Chez Moi by DIFTG and SPAO's Exhibition No.18 in 2023.
Throughout her years studying at Mount Allison University and now at SPAO, Chiu has gained experience working with medium format, 4x5, and DSLR cameras. As she is going to be attending the BFA program at University of Ottawa this coming fall, her instagram account, under the handle @yclaformosana, will continue to be the platform where she shares work-in-progress and personal lifestyle.