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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Ho Tzu Nyen

b. 1976, Singapore

Ho Tzu Nyen was born in Singapore in 1976. 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 works primarily in film, video, and performance, and has recently developed environmental multimedia installations. He has also written extensively on art. Ho appropriates the structures of epic myths, invoking their grandeur while revealing them to be not merely stories, but discursive tools. He is particularly concerned with those moments when contemporary figures imagine and invent the past in order to serve the needs of the present. These conditions are especially salient in the context of Singapore, which was established as an independent nation in 1965. A series of occupations and settlements by regional groups constitutes the history of the strategic port archipelago prior to 19th century British colonization. A desire to redress the country’s unaccounted-for history indicates the rise in nationalism that has emerged in parallel with accelerated economic development.

Ho’s work Utama—Every Name in History is I (2003), which consists of a video and twenty portrait paintings, images the quixotic pursuit of the distant past. Depicting the 14th-century figure of Sang Nila Utama, a discoverer of the island nation, the video weaves together apocryphal relationships with other historical regional leaders to boost the legitimacy of the founding narrative and collapses time by employing the same person to play other explorers including Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Zheng He, and Singapore’s British colonizer Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The work simultaneously assembles and dispels myth. Ho is also invested in establishing a tradition of Singaporean contemporary art; in 2005, he produced 4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art, a series of four documentaries on native artists that was aired on Singapore Television.

In 2006, Ho completed Sejarah Singapura, a commission for the National Museum of Singapore that features an immersive, panoramic audiovisual representation of precolonial Singapore. His first feature film, HERE (2009) is an allegory of historical reckoning. Shot in the style of a documentary and set in a mental institution, the film features a protagonist undergoing an experimental “videocure” treatment, a plot inspired by the writings of French theorist Félix Guattari. Ho’s character reenacts a traumatic personal event before the camera, altering its course to generate a positive outcome. He then watches himself on film to complete the therapy—empowered by the fictitious revision, he must confront the consequences of unreconstructed reality.

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Featured Artworks

Black To Comm – Earth (Water) by Ho Tzu Nyen contemporary artwork
Ho Tzu NyenBlack To Comm – Earth (Water), 2012 video

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Duddell's
EARTH (Black to Comm) by Ho Tzu Nyen contemporary artwork
Ho Tzu NyenEARTH (Black to Comm), 2010 Single channel video, 41'
Variable dimensions
Pearl Lam Galleries
Gould by Ho Tzu Nyen contemporary artwork
Ho Tzu NyenGould, 2014 Video, HD 1 min 42 sec
Variable dimensions
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, SINGAPORE UTOPIA at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
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27 July–1 September 2019 Group Exhibition SINGAPORE UTOPIA Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Opera for Animals at Para Site, Hong Kong
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23 March–2 June 2019 Group Exhibition An Opera for Animals Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Embodied at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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7 November 2014–10 January 2015 Group exhibition Embodied Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

In Ocula Magazine

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Aichi Triennale Grapples with History and Censorship Ocula Report Aichi Triennale Grapples with History and Censorship 30 Aug 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The 2019 Aichi Triennale (1 August–14 October 2019) is all about mediating polarisations—whether between 'nationalism and globalism, elitism and anti-intellectualism, universalism and relativism, idealism and realism, metropole and periphery, young and old'. The exhibition enacts this mediation by deftly weaving together works employing...

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I Taste the Future: Lofoten International Arts Festival 2017 Ocula Report I Taste the Future: Lofoten International Arts Festival 2017 12 Oct 2017 : Cathryn Drake for Ocula

'We are all lichens'. Famously associated with the thinking of feminist theorist Donna Haraway, this declaration—referring to a fungus that grows from algae and cyanobacteria—provided a compelling key to the 2017 Lofoten International Arts Festival (LIAF), I Taste the Future (1 September–1 October 2017), curated by Heidi Ballet and...

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Ho Tzu Nyen Ocula Conversation Ho Tzu Nyen Artist, Singapore

Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s two-channel video The Nameless (2014) is currently on view at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art as part of the exhibition Time of others (a collaboration between Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Singapore Art Museum, and Queensland...

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Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale 12 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Biennials are inherently messy. Gathering hundreds of pieces by international artists working in different mediums creates an exponential number of echoes and dissonances. Their messiness differs, though, in kind and degree, as exemplified in recent Shanghai Biennales.

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In Related Press

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Nam June Paik today Related Press Nam June Paik today ArtReview : 18 October 2019

Koki TanakaHow did you first encounter the work of Nam June Paik?I think it was through TV Buddha, but not sure which one. I just googled it now, and find out there are so many different versions of TV Buddhas by Paik...

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'2 or 3 Tigers' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Related Press '2 or 3 Tigers' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Art Agenda : 29 June 2017

Though at present the concept of 'media' is almost wholly equated with communication technologies, throughout the modern period this notion extended beyond the technological field, to include aesthetic and spiritual registers. In the late nineteenth century, a medium was someone with the alleged ability to act as a psychic conduit or transmitter,...

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'2 or 3 Tigers': Asian new media artists at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt Related Press '2 or 3 Tigers': Asian new media artists at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt Art Radar Journal : 31 May 2017

2 or 3 Tigers explores modernity as a colonial pattern inscribed in the history of nation states, militarisation and financialisation as well as an ontological revolution that fundamentally orders the social realm, national narratives and cosmologies, and whose effects have led to a profound crisis of consciousness as well as myriad and multiple...

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Contour Biennale 8, 'Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium' Related Press Contour Biennale 8, 'Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium' art agenda : 7 April 2017

What could be more pertinent to today's helter-skelter mudslide into the political abyss than a reflection on the idea of justice? The eighth edition of the Contour Biennial is dedicated to this most noble of themes. Both thrilling and frustrating, the biennial offers vertiginous perspectives by artists and theorists, as well as the inevitable...

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