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Ho Tzu Nyen | the artist



The artist Ho Tzu Nyen
Born 1976, , Singapore.
Lives and works in Singapore, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Video, Singapore Biennale,

Exhibitions (solo): The Substation, Singapore, 2003. Exhibitions (group): Singapore Biennale, Singapore, 2006; 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan, 2005; 26th São Paulo Bienal, Brazil, 2004. Film festivals: Cannes International Film Festival, France, 2009; Hong Kong International Film Festival, China, 2006; Bangkok International Film Festival, Thailand, 2004.


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Ho Tzu Nyen is an artist, filmmaker and writer currently based in Singapore. Some of his writings and reviews have appeared in Broadsheet and Art Asia Pacific. His last major project Utama - Every Name in History is I, an installation of film and paintings, was recently exhibited at the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale. Currently, he is involved in a research project on the ‘Anxieties of Influence’ in Singaporean art.

Utama 1

Ho’s Bohemian Rhapsody Project, created for the 2006 Singapore Biennale, is a film set in the Supreme Court of Singapore, which takes its spoken dialogue entirely from the lyrics of the song.

Originally a student of Mass Communications in Singapore, Ho Tzu Nyen’s taste for cinema came rather gradually. Dissatisfied with his academic studies, he built his own education through the history of art, especially the avant-gardes and the work of Marcel Duchamp. One thing led to another: soon he would be renting videos, discovering Godard, Antonioni, Fellini, and the shocking Theorem by Pasolini. He would then major in sculpture and shoot his first short film in 2003, Every Name in History is I, set in an installation with 20 paintings, about a pre-colonial founder of Singapore…

Ho Tzu Nyen’s practice ranges across filmmaking, painting, performance and writing, and investigates the forms, methods and languages of art; the relationship between the still, the painted and the moving image; and the construction of history. His films expose the apparatus of cinema by mixing varied genres from music video to documentary, creating highly artificial sets, or by making cameras, crew and lighting a key part of the action…