Short lecture, Talk
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Ho Tzu Nyen, Kevin Chua
Ho Tzu Nyen is a filmmaker and visual artist whose practice spans video, writing, and theater. Interested in historical and philosophical texts, Ho explores subjects such as the structure and power of myths, often revealing stories as discursive tools used to shape the present. Recent solo exhibitions include those at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015), DAAD Gallery (2015), Mori Art Museum (2012), and Artspace Sydney (2011). His theatrical works have been presented at the Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju (2015); Wiener Festwochen (2014); Theater der Welt (2010); and the KunstenFestivaldesArts (2008, 2006). His films have premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival (2009) and at the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009). Ho Tzu Nyen represented Singapore at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).
Kevin Chua is Associate Professor of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art and Southeast Asian Art at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas, USA). Having obtained his PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, he has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA, Washington, DC) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Kevin Chua has published essays on Simryn Gill, Ho Tzu Nyen, Donna Ong, Charles Lim, Jeremy Sharma, the Migrant Ecologies Project, 1950s Nanyang painting, and the politics of animality in nineteenth-century Singapore. His research interests lie in modernity as a global condition, specifically European and Southeast Asian modernity.