Ho Tzu Nyen

Multidisciplinary artist weaving fictions out of Asia's histories

Ho mixes fact and fiction in his explorations of Southeast Asia’s cultural histories, a genre-defying approach befitting an artist who is also a curator and theatre director. The Singaporean artist’s ongoing magnum opus is The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, an online database of texts, music and images that provides an alternative A to Z to the region, and several of his projects are offshoots or elaborations of the Dictionary. These erudite interrogations into how power, history and myth are entangled have recently made him a shoo-in for international surveys with an intellectual bent, notably the Sharjah Biennial and Aichi Triennale this year. Switching hats, Ho co-curated the Asian Art Biennial in Taichung with Taiwanese artist Hsu Chia-Wei, and directed The Mysterious Lai Teck at Singapore International Festival of Arts. As testament to his rising stock, this year saw his first solo at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, titled R for Rhombicuboctahedron.