Born in 1957, Wu Mali lives and works in Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from the National Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany, she returned to Taiwan in 1985 to a new environment, a transition that inspired her to reconsider the artist’s role in society. She developed an interest in socially engaged practice and started making installations exploring historical narratives from a gendered perspective; works such as Formosa Club exhibited in her Treasure Island show (1998) represent this approach. She has also produced community-based projects, such as Awaken in Your Skin (2000-2004). More recently, Wu’s work has taken an eco-feminist turn in response to the impact of globalization, focusing on the urban environment and development issues. By the River, on the River, of the River (2006) invited the public to trace the four rivers surround Taipei; Taipei Tomorrow as a Lake Again (2008) addressed the survival strategies of a city facing global warming; and Art as Environment—A Cultural Action on Plum Tree Creek (2010-2012) explored the possibilities of creating an eco-village. Wu engages the public to confront, to communicate with, and to create our living environment, with the hope that it can be transformed into a generative place that we can all enjoy. Wu Mali’s works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Asian Pacific Triennial, and Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial. She teaches at the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University.
Wu is an artist in the Artists’ Roundtable: Sites.