Tan Zi Hao

TAN ZI HAO (b. 1989, Kuala Lumpur) is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who works predominantly in installation and performance art. He has degrees in Cultural Studies and International Relations from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His artistic practice is often informed by the contested politics of identities vis-à-vis the nation-state, and revolves around the potentials of encountering otherness foreclosed by socio-political categories. His preoccupation is manifested in subjects as diverse as language politics, multilingualism, etymology, postcolonial historiographies, mythical composite creatures, and organic assemblages from carrier shells (Xenophora pallidly) to household casebearers (Phereoeca uterella). Aside from being an artist, Zi Hao is also the founder and editor of Students in Resistance, a quarterly zine committed to exploring under-discussed topics in Malaysia’s political discourse. His recent exhibitions include ILHAM Contemporary Forum (Malaysia 2009-2017), Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2017; Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2016-2017; OFFART: An Experiment with Flies and Farts, PORT commune, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 2015.