Betty Yu is a socially engaged multimedia artist, filmmaker, photographer, and activist born and raised in New York City to Chinese immigrant parents. Yu integrates documentary film, new media platforms, and community-infused approaches into her practice, and she is a co-founder of Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective using art to advance anti-gentrification organizing. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College/CUNY, and New Media Narratives program certificate from the International Center Photography.
Yu teaches new media, video, social practice, art and activism at Hunter College and Pratt Institute. In addition to over 20 years of community, media justice, and labor organizing work. Among various distinctions, her multimedia work was part of the After the Plaster Foundation, or, “Where Can We Live?” exhibition at Queens Museum from 2020-21. In Fall 2020, she curated Imagining De-Gentrified Futures at Apex Art in Tribeca, NYC. In 2018, she had a solo exhibition at Open Source Gallery in New York.