Hussel Zhu (Shanghai, CN) studied in Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice in Master Institute of Visual Cultures – AKV|St.Joost. He subconsciously attempt to organize misunderstandings in language and culture. His lasting interest in lunatic and foolish characters from the Western Renaissance, like the court jester (‘hofnar’ in Dutch) makes him use this persona to empower himself. It allows him to loose control, to make errors, and to start unprepared.

He grew up in a place without a strong belief in immaterial value. Thus he likes observing carefully what artists and he himself “produce.” He hardly agrees that creativity can be defined as a “career.”

2019 – 2021 MFA in Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice, St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2011 – 2015 BA in Photography(non-art), Shanghai Institute of visual art of Fudan University, Shanghai, CN

Artist residency

2023 Kunstennars jump! 3, NL 

2022 DESTINATION UNKNOWN 2022, Venlo / Venray, NL

2022 AIR international, Witte Rook, Breda, NL

2021 – 2022 Apprentice Master, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, NL



2023 – 2024  Kunstenaar Start, Mondriaan Fonds, NL

2022 Pictoright Steunfonds, NL

2021 Cultuursubsidies, support by municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

Group/duo exhibitions 

2023 Façade, De Belofte 18, at Kunstliefde, Utrecht, NL

2023 Hotel Solo: Fluid Art Space, as part of HOTEL SOLO #8, Deel 1, a Club Solo research project by FLUID, Club Solo, Breda, NL
2023 Salon Des Refusés, IDFX, Breda, NL

2022 HUTCAFE_ORG, NS16, Tilburg, NL

2022 De Negatieve Selectie, Willem Twee, Den Bosch, NL

2022 DESTINATION UNKNOWN 2022, Heilig Hart Kerk, Venlo, NL 

2022 ISSUE #III – Pieter Laurens Mol, PIER15 and Stedlijk Museum Breda, Breda, NL

2022 Performance, MELK | WATER, H(a)L in Frank Taal Galerie expo no.2, Rotterdam, NL

2022 Collective Contemplation, …ism project space, Den Haag, NL

2022 ART RENDEZ VOUS BREDA, Open studio, Witte Rook, Breda, NL

2022 Tuesday path, A/M #3, Kunstpodium-T, Tilburg, NL

2022 Project_168H, Edition 8, NL


2021 Mid-Air, The Raw Cases #2, DOOR, Dordrecht, NL


2021 Those Are The Days, Kunstpodium-t, Tilburg, NL

2021 I BELIEVE YOU, I BELIEVE IN YOU, Solinger Künstler program, Galerie SK, Solingen, DE

2021 Live Alone, Die Together, graduation show, offline&online, AKV | St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 FENSTER GESPRÄCHE, by Neuland Projektraum, Rottstraße, Bochum, DE

2021 The Raw Cases, Werkwarenhuis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend, Poster spots in public space, support by 1646 & Nest, Den Haag, NL

2021 Oude Kerk, the Tiny gallery, the Hague, NL


2020 Annotated Memories, Undocumented Events and Object Permanence, online, by Noemata, NO

2020 Lost in translation, Systematic, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, NL


2019 One-off Moving Image Festival 2019, public space, Valencia (ES) and Gol (No) 

2017 Shadow, performance with Nana Azul, People’s park, Shanghai, CN

2016 Noisy, Old Millfun 1933, Shanghai, CN 

2015 Hand-made photos, the 15th China Pingyao international photography festival, Shanxi, CN

Writing award

2022 I Leave You a Solo Performance, the winners of 4th round, Sarmad Fiction Writing Club, Rotterdam, NL

Talks & lectures

2021 Live Alone, Die Together, live streaming event, AKV | St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 Research hub: Live Alone, Die Together, V2_ Lab, Rotterdam, NL

2021 Presenting Research in Art & Design, AKV|St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL


Selected press

2022 Brabant Cultureel, NL

2022 De Limburger, NL

2022 Appearances of a Cultural Jet Leg, Interview, in conversation with Annosh Urbanke, Witte Rook, NL

2021 Solinger Tageblatt, Solingen, DE

2021 Solinger Morgenpost, Solingen, DE

2021 Metropolism_mag, Live Alone, Die Together, NL

2021 Art & Education, Live Alone, Die Together, NL

2020 Punt Avans, Onafhankelijk magazine van Avans Hogeschool, Breda, NL


Collective groups

2023 – present Member of It Is Part of Resemble, NL

2020 – 2021 Satellites | laboratory for sound and soul, DE



2022 ISSUE #III – Pieter Laurens Mol, by PIER15 and Stedlijk Museum Breda, Breda, NL

2022 Satellites | laboratory for sound and soul, published by Laboratory of Sound And Soul

2022 I Believe You, I Believe in You, support by Verein Solinger Kunstlier e.V and St.Joost

2021 Undocumented events and object permanence, e-book, published by Nomata 

2020 Installation on location, edition 02, published by AKV|St.Joost, NL


Positions in visual art

2022 – present Core member of Bossche Bol Bol project, Den Bosch, NL

2020 – present Art-space volunteer, Club Solo, Breda, NL

2020 Jury member, Eye on Art’s Research Labs, Eye film museum 2020, Amsterdam, NL

2016-2018 Social Media Executive, Artist Relations Dept., Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Artist residency program, Swatch Group, Shanghai, CN