Tristan Cai is an artist who works primarily with research-based narratives that addresses the problems of authorship and propagation of information. He is especially interested in the cultural production of knowledge and investigates through his works the rationality of belief, often within the domains of creation, religion and the human condition. In recognition of his works he has been awarded the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship Award, the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, as well as the Professional Development Grant and Arts Bursary Award from the National Arts Council.
In 2012, he was nominated for the Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu, the most distinguished photography prize in Singapore and in 2013 he was nominated to exhibit at Noorderlicht Photography Festival’s 20|20 show in Netherlands, as one of 20 photographers to look out for internationally. As an actively exhibiting artist, he has also presented his works at Phoenix Art Museum, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Arles Voies Off, France, the National Museum of Singapore, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, RS Project, Berlin, and Shanghai World Exposition, China amongst others. Cai is also a new addition to the faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and serves as Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art and Art History. http://www.tristancai.com