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Under One or Several Flags

Ho Tzu Nyen, Utama – Every Name in History Is I, 2003, installation with single channel SD video, and 20 paintings, 23 min. Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong.
Curator and critic David Teh discusses the Ho Tzu Nyen’s investigations into Singapore and Southeast Asia in works including his opera Ten Thousand Tigers (2014) or his Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia (2012–ongoing). Rather than merely using technical media to address Southeast Asian identity and histories through a representational frame, Teh argues that they are defined by the very mediatic and technical operations of the work themselves, which, by so doing, de-universalise and localise them.