Ho Tzu Nyen
30 September 2016


Screening and talk of the artist with Doris Krystof to the film series "Screening Room"

Ho Tzu Nyen:
The Nameless, 2014, 21:15 min

"The Nameless" tells the story of a person known as ‘Lai Teck‘ - one of the fifty pseudonyms of a man who was general secretary of the Malayan communist party from 1939 to 1947. After being exposed as a triple agent, for the French and British secret service and for the Japanese military police, he was executed in Thailand. In "The Nameless" Ho Tzu Nyen tells not only about failed individuals and shape shifters but also about the narrative tradition of cinema. After the film was banned by the Chinese censorship for a screening in Shanghai, it was first shown with a different title at the "Forum Expanded", a parallel event of the Berlinale in 2015.

Ho Tzu Nyen (born 1976 in Singapore) produces films, videos, performances and installations. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His film "Here" was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009; "The Nameless" was presented at this year‘s "Art Unlimited" sector at the Art Basel. Until 2015, Ho Tzu Nyen was artist-in-residence of the DAAD‘s programme in Berlin. Doris Krystof is curator at the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf. Since 2001 she is responsible for numerous exhibitions and publications on modern and contemporary art with a specific focus on film and video, questions on reenactment and literary-theatrical modes in the field of visual arts.

Funding and Support

Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


Ho Tzu Nyen: The Nameless, 2014
Courtesy by the artist and Galerie Michael Janssen