Ben Yau (b. 1992, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Chinese-Scots visual artist based in London. Yau graduated from University of Arts London in 2019 and has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 and Creekside Open 2019. He has exhibited in duo and group shows in galleries such as South London Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Copeland Gallery and CGP, and in 2017 co-founded the art collective tackling environmental capitalism, Decade Zero, with fellow artist Zaneta Zukalova.
Yau's artworks interrogate the aesthetics of global conflict, historical narratives, and social tensions. Trained in lens-based media, he now works with material found from a research-intensive process. Declassified CIA documents, British Ministry of Defence research papers, newspaper archives, and YouTube videos are some examples of the materials used. These artefacts are appropriated and re-contextualised to address systemic frictions within notions of power.