Ho Tzu Nyen


Ho Tzu Nyen (1976, Singapore) creates videos, films, installations and theatre performances, finding his inspiration in historical and philosophical texts. He has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts from theVictorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and his Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. Since then he has worked and exhibited all over the world. His most recent works are part of an ongoing project, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, and are populated by figures that can undergo a metamorphosis, such as the weretiger in One or Several Tigers (2017) and the traitor in The Mysterious Lai Teck (2018). Ho has had solo exhibitions of his works in Kunstverein Hamburg (2018), Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (2018), Guggenheim Bilbao (2015), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2015) and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012). In 2011 he represented Singapore at the 54th Venice Biennale. His work has been shown at the 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018), in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), at the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014) and the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014). His theatrical works have been have programmed at Kampnagel, Hamburg (2018), TPAM (2018), Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju (2015), the Wiener Festwochen (2014), Theater der Welt (2010), the KunstenFestivaldesArts (2018, 2008, 2006) and Singapore Arts Festival (2019, 2008, 2006). His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and the film festivals of Berlin (2015), Cannes (2009), Venice (2009), Locarno (2011) and Rotterdam (2008, 2010, 2013). Ho received a DAAD Scholarship in Berlin (2014 – 2015) and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation (2015).