Hương Ngô

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Winter 3-22-2017


Interview with Hương Ngô by Jessica Perez


Bio: Hương Ngô is a multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates performance, sound, text, and installation. She was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Vietnam to continue a project (begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France) that traces the colonial history of surveillance in Vietnam and the anti-colonial strategies of resistance vis-à-vis the activities of female organizers and liaisons. The project, To Name It Is To See It, fleshes out identity and visibility as territories that both colonizer and colonized manipulate to achieve personal agency or state sovereignty. She was born in Hong Kong and is currently based in Chicago. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Art & Technology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her BFA in Studio Art, and recently a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program.

She has presented her solo and collaborative work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, PS1 MoMA, the New Museum, Queens Museum, Tate Modern, the National Gallery in Prague through the 2005 International Prague Art Biennial, The Kitchen, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, EFA Project Space, Vox Populi, Momenta Art, and SPACES Cleveland, amongst many other artist-run and non-profit spaces. She is the recipient of the 2011 Rhizome Commission (with Fantastic Futures), has been in residence through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SOMA Mexico, the Camargo Foundation, Oxbow, Millay Colony, Provisions Library, Sàn Art, and LATITUDE. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art, Pratt Institute, and Parsons the New School for Design. She organizes an artist lecture series in partnership with the Union of Vietnamese Youth in France.

Ngô is currently a BOLT resident through the Chicago Artist Coalition and recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in the exhibition The Making of a Fugitive (curated by Faye Gleisser), collaborative work with Hồng-Ân Trương at Newspace Center for Photography, Portland in the exhibit Hidden Assembly (curated by Yaelle Amir, recently at SPACES, Cleveland), through an exhibition at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow with Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand (Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall), and a group exhibition at the Chicago Artist Coalition for the BOLT residency.

Upcoming projects include All Rise (with Hồng-Ân Trương, Jina Valentine, and Heather Hart), to be presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She will exhibit new work in solo shows at the DePaul Art Museum (curated by Julie Rodrigues-Widholm), Chicago Artists Coalition, The Franklin (curated by Edra Soto), The Ski Club, Aspect/Ratio, and 4th Ward Project Space in 2017-2018. Speaking engagements programming for To Name It Is To See It at LATITUDE Chicago and DePaul Art Museum. She in residence at the Ragdale Foundation in the Summer of 2017. She volunteers as an educator at the South-East Asia Center, which supports refugee and immigrant populations across generations in Uptown, Chicago.