Hương Ngô is an artist and educator, born in Hong Kong, of Vietnamese and Chinese origin, raised in North Carolina, and based in Paris and New York.
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Let's Focus on What Makes You Feel Bi
Offset Print, Black and White, 2-sided
Edition of 500
26" x 26"
2014

An incomplete graffiti tag that should read “Let's focus on what makes us feel well,” acts as a departure point to contemplate how feeling bi- (bisexual, binational, bicultural, etc) opens possibilities for thinking beyond dialectics. The inbetween, the both/and, serve as territories to occupy and from which to destabilize.

Text is printed on reverse side in English and Spanish:

“Let's focus on what makes you feel good,” he read.
“Let's focus on what makes you feel bi,” the language algorithm told me.

Whether bi-, bi-, or bi-, creolization is not just a necessity, but an act of creativity.

She knows she is different while at the same time being Him. Not quite the Same, not quite the Other, she stands in that undetermined threshold place where she constantly drifts in and out. Undercutting the inside/outside opposition, her intervention is necessarily that of both a deceptive insider and a deceptive outsider. She is this Inappropriate Other/Same who moves about with always at least two/four gestures: that of affirming “I am like you” while persisting in her difference; and that of reminding “I am different” while unsettling every definition of otherness arrived at.

What defines it is the AND, as something which has its place between the elements or between the sets.

The case against bi- pointed to a crisis in the notion of identity. By disrupting the either/or category, both/and reveals that the only time that identity exists as a monolith is when it is institutionalized, taught as such, and performed.

Is feeling bi- the same as being bi-? Can this be extended to tri-, multi-? What are the limits of this heterogeneity? Who is counting? Can it be a goal that is affective, performative, radically affirmative?

If it is both/and, why do I feel like half? Why all of the doubt, as if I can't understand my own desires? Has the difficulty in glimpsing the picture of bi- not been about an absence of pieces, but about a resistance to assembling the ones we already have?

This is an invitation.

“Enfoquemonos en lo que te hace sentir bien”, leyó.
“Enfoquemonos en lo que te hace sentir bi”, el algoritmo de lenguaje me dijo.

Ya sea bi-, bi-, o bi, creolization no es sólo una necesidad, sino un acto de creatividad.

Ella sabe que es diferente y al mismo tiempo es ‘El. No es precisamente lo mismo, no es precisamente lo Otro: se pone de pie en ese lugar indeterminado donde constantemente entra y sale. Rebajando el interior / exterior de la oposición, su intervención es tanto engañosa por dentro como por afuera. Ella es el inapropiado Otro / Mismo que se mueve siempre con al menos dos / cuatro gestos: el que afirma: “Yo soy como tú”, mientras que persiste en su diferencia; y el que reafirma “Yo soy diferente”, mientras perturba toda aquella definición de alteridad que ha llegado.

Lo que lo define define es “Y”, como algo que tiene su lugar entre los elementos o entre los sets.

El caso contrario a lo bi - señala una crisis hacia la noción de identidad. Al interrumpir el entre / o categoría, ambos / Y serevela que la única vez que la identidad existe como un monolito, es cuando se institucionaliza, enseñada como tal, y performada.

El sientirse bi- lo mismo que ser bi-? ¿Esto se puede extender a lo tri- y multi-? ¿Cuáles son los límites de esta heterogeneidad? ¿Quién está contando? ¿Puede ser una meta que sea afectiva, performativo, radicalmente afirmativa?

Si son los ambos / “y”, ¿por qué me siento como la mitad? ¿Por qué toda la duda: como si no pudiera entender mis propios deseos? ¿La dificultad de vislumbrar la imagen de lo bi no ha sido como una ausencia de las piezas, sino como una resistencia al ensamblar aquello que ya tenemos?

Esta es una invitación.


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