Lydia Chai

Lydia Chai – Moon Rising Lydia Chai (B. 1980, Malaysia.) graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004. She makes paintings, videos and more recently music. To Chai, painting and music are closely related; with her abstract watercolours she explores musicality and rhythm. In 2010, she formed the former Asian waiata group, Ngāti Āhia. In 2012, she exhibited video work in Running On Pebbles, curated by Allan Smith. In the same year, she began composing pop songs and released a music video on Vimeo for her single 'Move' ( She will be spearheading the Parlour Complaints Choir at the Auckland Arts Festival in 2013. With three others, she runs the dynamic art group Parlour, organizing art events that have a strong emphasis on forging strong networks of support and camaraderie within the art community. She writes and reviews art occasionally and is based in Auckland.

On Air: Lydia Chai – Moon Rising

2008, 4 min 36 sec From Staging Miracles I. Progression of the moon across the sky in real time. Directed and Produced by Lydia Chai


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