Ho Tam

Ho Tam is a Canadian artist whose practice spans video, photography, painting, drawing, graphics and print media. His work often concerns with mass media representations of race and identity politics. He has exhibited in galleries and film festivals across Canada and internationally.

Tam was born in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Master of Fine Arts from Bard College. He also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program.

Tam’s video work has received various prizes and awards, including the Best Documentary at Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival and the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award at OutFest, Los Angeles (both for ‘Books of James’ 2006).

In the past ten years, Tam has been focusing on his independent publishing practice under the imprint Hotam Press. His publications can be found in the website

Artist Code: 420


Confessions of A Salesman

2008, 55:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Confessions of A Salesman

2008, 55:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Books of James

2006, 74:00 minutes, colour, English

In the Dark

2004, 06:00 minutes, B & W, English

She Was Cuba

2003, 16:25 minutes, Colour, English

She Was Cuba

2003, 16:25 minutes, Colour, English

Still Lives (In The Americas)

2003, 20:00 minutes, Colour

The Books of James

2002, 16:30 minutes, colour, English

Miracles on 163rd

2001, 25:00 minutes, colour, music. sound

My Memories of Me

2001, 03:00 minutes, colour, music

Bus No. 7

2001, 03:00 minutes, colour, music

Fine China

2000, 08:30 minutes, colour, music only

Ave Maria

2000, 07:20 minutes, colour, music

Matinee Idol

1999, 16:30 minutes, colour, English

Washington Heights Untitled

1999, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

dos cartas / two letters

1999, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Cop Strings

1999, 06:00 minutes, colour

Hair Cuts

1999, 08:00 minutes, colour, music/sound

La Salle Primary

1998, 05:00 minutes, colour, English/Cantonese

Pocahontas: TransWorld Remix

1998, 04:20 minutes, colour, English/French/Chinese/Spanish

99 Men

1998, 03:00 minutes, B&W, English

Season of the Boys

1997, 03:30 minutes, colour, English

Season of the Boys

1997, 03:30 minutes, colour, English

The Yellow Pages

1994, 07:40 minutes, B&W tinted, English text, silent

Critical Writing

Ho Tam: Season of the Boys
by Mike Hoolboom. Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, 2008. Coach House Books, 2008.
The Reel Deal
by Gloria Kim. FILMPRINT - The magazine of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Jan. 2007, v. 27, no. 1.
See Reel Asian pics while you can
by Glenn Sumi. Now, Nov. 16, 2006, v. 26, no. 11.
Life at sea: Ho Tam unmoors our preconceptions
by Daryl Vocat. Xtra!, Nov. 23, 2006, no. 576.
Harder Times, Tougher Spaces
by Vera Frenkel. Canadian Art, Summer 2004, v. 24, no. 2.
Crowds Project
by Molly Johnson. Poolside, 2003. Winnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.
Tranz<->Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennal 2003
by Dara Gellman. Toronto: Vtape, 2003.
Fringe Experientiality
by James Missen. Public, 2002, v. 25.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2001. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001.
Public Space, Virtually
by Earl Miller. Fuse, Summer 1995, v. 18, no. 4.