Ho Tzu Nyen & Ripon Chowdhury
Ho Tzu Nyen was born in 1976. He is an artist based in Singapore. He makes films, installations and theatrical performances that often begin as engagements with historical and philosophical texts and artifacts. His works have been presented at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi (2021), the Gwangju Biennale (2021), Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg (2019), Kunstverein, Hamburg (2018), Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (2018), Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2017), Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (2015) and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012). He represented the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Together with Taiwanese artist Hsu Chia-Wei, he also co-curated The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea at the 7th Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2019). Photo: Matthew Teo
Ripon Chowdhury was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has been working in Singapore since 2010 as quality controller in a shipyard. As an online activist and blogger, he loves to write about contemporary, social and political issues. He was the first runner-up in the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition in 2018 and participated in the Singapore Writers Festival in 2019. In 2017, he founded Migrant Workers Singapore, a community that seeks to showcase migrant talents and share their culture. Prior to working in Singapore, he used to write short stories, rhymes, poems, many of which were published in magazines and various newspapers. His hobbies include reading books and chit-chatting with friends. Ripon hopes for a more humane world.