About the Photographer
Nyen, Ho Tzu
Singporean, b. 1965
Ho Tzu Nyen’s interdisciplinary practice appropriates myth and history to examine the colonial legacy and nationalism of his home country of Singapore. Using film, performance, and multimedia installations, Nyen draws into question the veracity of history and its role in the construction of a contemporary collective cultural identity. Singapore has a complex history, having only been an independent nation since 1965, with many years of occupation since its believed discovery in the 14th century. Nyen addresses important turning points in the story of Singapore, oscillating between theatrical and contemplative works.
His video, “The Making of New Silk Roads” (2009), was created for the Symposium of the same name presented by ArtHub Asia. The aim of the Symposium was to bring together artists, scholars and experts in the field of art and culture from across the world and to discuss the recent rapid development across Asia and how it has affected the cultural landscape of Asia. The organizers saw the ancient trading route of the Silk Road as a metaphor for the cross-cultural dialogues occurring across Asia. Each participant, including Nyen, was asked to show a presentation or artwork during the course of the Symposium that addressed the idea of cultural circulation across Asia.
Ho Tzu Nyen completed at BA in Creative Arts from Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne (2001) and an MA in South East Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (2007). Nyen has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. Solo exhibitions include: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Italy (2011); Contemporary Art Center of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia (2007). Selected group exhibitions include: the Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2013); Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (2012); Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada (2012); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2012); Tate Modern, London, U.K. (2010); Center Pompidou, Paris, France (2007); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006); Institute of Contemporary Art, London, U.K. (2005).