Tristan Cai’s practice involves using photography and multi-disciplinary installations to create oblique narratives that are critical of the common functions of photography. He has explored themes such as “the overly nostalgic nature of the medium, a medium of illusion and of many truths ” amongst others, while reflecting on photography as a cultural device which validifies our experiences and shared knowledge.
Cai received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, his BFA(hons) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and he has also studied with the Helsinki School at TaiK, Finland. He has been included in recent exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum, Downtown Photoroom Los Angeles, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Netherlands, Arles Voies Off, Paris, National Museum of Singapore, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, GoEun Museum of Photography, Pusan, Korea, RS Projects in Berlin, Germany and Shanghai World Exposition, China. As a passionate educator, he has taught at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, San Francisco Art Institute and the Maricopa Community Colleges. Since 2016 Cai has been serving as the Assistant Professor of Photography at St. Mary's College of Maryland and is based in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
In recognition of his works, he has been awarded the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship, Murphy and Cadagon Contemporary Art Award, Harvey Fellowship and Professional Development Grant (National Arts Council, Singapore). His works have also been recently featured on Culturepush, Conscientious, Humble Arts Foundation New York, CameraArts, F-Stop, Yvi and Photography Forum.