Ho Tzu Nyen attempts to create works about paradoxes and uncertainty. His films, videos and performances are often related to historical and philosophical texts and artefacts.

Recent one-person exhibitions of his work include MAM Project #16 at the Mori Art Museum (2012), the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and Earth at Artspace, Sydney (2011). Exhibitions that he has taken part in include Homeworks 6, Beirut (2013); 5th Auckland Triennial (2013); ŒNo Country¹ at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2013); the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009); the 1st Singapore Biennale (2006); the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005); and the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale (2004).

His performances have been presented at Theater der Welt (2010), the KunstenFestivaldesArts (2006, 2008) and the Singapore Arts Festival (2006, 2008). His first feature film HERE premiered at the 41st Directors¹ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival (2009) and his medium length film, EARTH, premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009). His works have also been presented at film festivals such as Sundance (2012), Locarno (2011), Pusan (2009), Karlovy-Vary (2009) and Rotterdam (2008, 2010, 2013), and is the subject of a profile retrospective at the 59th Oberhausen Short Film Festival.


2012 - MAM Project #16, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2011 - The Cloud of Unknowing, Singapore Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy

2011 - Earth, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

2007 - The Bohemian Rhapsody Project, CACSA, Adelaide, Australia

2005 - 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art, national broadcast on Arts Central, Singapore

2003 - Utama – Every Name in History is I, The Substation, Singapore


2013 - Homeworks 6, Beirut, Lebanon

2013 - 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand

2013 - Artificial Natures, EXIT Festival, Maison des Arts de Créteil, France

2013 - No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2013 - Move on Asia, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2013 - Autonomous Zone, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

2013 - transmediale.13, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2012 - Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2012 - To Bring the World into the World, Art Metropole, Toronto, Cananda

2012 - Surplus Authors, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2013 - TRACES, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2012 - Armory Film, The Armory Show, New York, USA

2012 - Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2012 - New Frontiers, Sundance Film Festival, Utah, USA

2011 - transmediale.11, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2011 - The Grip, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France

2010 - No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

2010 - Video Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010 - Media Landscape - Zone East, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

2009 - 6th Asia-Art Pacific Triennial, Australia

2009 - Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan

2009 - Some Rooms, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

2007 - Soft Power, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, China

2007 - Recontres Internationales, Center Pompidou, Paris, France

2007 - Asia – Europe Mediations, National Gallery of Poznan, Poland

2007 - Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2006 - 1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore

2006 - The Guernica Project, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

2005 - Singapore Seasons, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

2005 - 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan

2004 - Image Smugglers, 26th Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil


2013 - Profile Retrospective, 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

2013 - The Cloud of Unknowing, 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival

2012 - The Cloud of Unknowing, Sundance Film Festival

2011 - The Cloud of Unknowing, 64th Locarno International Film Festival

2010 - EARTH, 39th Rotterdam International Film Festival

2009 - EARTH, 66th Venice International Film Festival

2009 - HERE, 14th Pusan International Film Festival

2009 - HERE, 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2009 - HERE, 41st Directors Fortnight, 62nd Cannes International Film Festival

2008 - The Bohemian Rhapsody Project, 30th Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival

2007 - The Bohemian Rhapsody Project, 53rd Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany


2012 - The Song of the Brokenhearted Tiger, Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore

2010 - Invisible Room (with The Observatory), Theater der Welt, Germany

2008 - The King Lear Project, KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, Belgium

2008 - The King Lear Project, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore

2006 - Utama – Every Name in His