Ho Tzu Nyen was born in 1976 in Singapore. He earned a BA in Creative Arts from Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2001), and an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (2007). He lives and works in Singapore, although he is currently an artist-in-residence at the DAAD in Berlin.
Ho works primarily in film, video, and live performances related to historical and philosophical texts and artefacts. He has also recently developed environmental multimedia installations. His works have been shown internationally in museums, galleries, as well as film and performing arts festivals.
Ho has had solo exhibitions in Singapore (Substation Gallery, 2003, and Galerie Michael Janssen, 2013), Adelaide (Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2007 and 2010), Sydney (Artspace, 2011), and Tokyo (Mori Art Museum, 2012). He represented Singapore at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Group exhibitions include the 26th Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil, 2004), 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Japan, 2005), 1st Singapore Biennale (2006), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves (ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 2009), No Soul for Sale (Tate Modern, London, 2010), 5th Auckland Triennial (Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2013), and No Country (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013).
Some of the film festivals that have presented his work include the 41st Director’s Fortnight— Cannes International Film Festival (2009), the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009), and the Sundance Film Festival (2012). He was the subject of profile screenings at transmediale 09 (2009), and the 59th Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2013).
His theatrical performances have been staged at the Singapore Arts Festival (2008), the Esplanade Theatre Studios (2007, 2012, 2014), KunstenFestivaldesArts in Brussels (2006 and 2008), the Theater der Welt in Mulheim, Germany (2009), and the Wiener Festwochen (2014).