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This publication accompanies the exhibition Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It, on view April 27- August 6, 2017 at DePaul Art Museum. In a new body of work that includes photographs, textiles, prints, neon, video, sound, and objects, Hương Ngô engages with the French government’s surveillance archives of Vietnamese anticolonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai (1910-1941). The role of performance in the construction of identity is at the forefront of Ngô’s investigation of this historical figure. Minh Khai’s constant crossing of borders – those of nation-states, ethnicities, languages, genders, and classes – via her numerous pseudonyms and disguises, was key to her invisibility to authorities yet renders her difficult to classify even today.
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Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Huong Ngo, Art, Vietnam
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Gleisser, Faye and Widholm, Julie Rodrigues, "Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It" (2017). DePaul Art Museum Publications. 17.