Hương Ngô (Huong Ngo, Ngô Ngọc Hương, 吳玉香) is an artist born in Hong Kong, based in Chicago, and often working between France and Vietnam. Her research-based practice connects personal and political histories using a conceptual, interdisciplinary, and often collaborative approach. Having grown up as a refugee in the American South, Ngô interrogates the ways in which power is bound up with language and identity and creates work that reframes the hybrid, the imperfect, and the non-fluent as sites of survival and knowledge. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BFA Fine Arts, 2001), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA Art & Technology, 2004), and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2012). She was recently awarded the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in Vietnam (2016) to realize a project, which was begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France and recently exhibited at DePaul Art Museum (2017), that examines the colonial history of surveillance in Vietnam and the anti-colonial strategies of resistance vis-à-vis the activities of female organizers and liaisons.

She has been supported by Para Site HK (2017), MCA Chicago (2004, 2016, 2017), VISUAL Carlow (2016), Nhà Sàn Collective (2016), Sàn Art (2016), the Queens Museum (2014), The Kitchen (2011, 2014), SOMA Mexico (2014), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2007, 2013), PS1 MoMA (2013), the New Museum (2012), Madison MoCA (2009), and National Gallery in Prague for the International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005), among others. She has been awarded the DCASE Individual Artist Program Grant (2017, 2018), Chicago Artists Coalition BOLT residency (2016-17), Rhizome Commission (2011), and was a FIELD/WORK artist mentor for the 2017-18 season. She has taught at SAIC, the MoMA, Pratt Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design. She is currently a Camargo Foundation Core Fellow for the Spring of 2018 and is exhibiting work made in collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through Being: New Photography 2018

Upcoming and Recent:


Being: New Photography 2018. MoMA (New York, NY). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. Curated by Lucy Gallun. (current)

Camargo Core Program (Cassis, FR). (current)

Friend of a Friend. Document (Chicago, IL) (forthcoming)

ASPECT / RATIO (Chicago, IL). (forthcoming) *solo exhibition

4TH Ward Project Space (Chicago, IL). (forthcoming) *solo exhibition

What We Make. Ross Art Museum (Delaware, OH). In collaboration with Or Zubalsky. Curated by Erin Fletcher and Dr. Ashley Biser. (forthcoming)

The Tip of My Tongue. Weinberg/Newton (Chicago, IL). 

In(di)visible. Station Museum (Houston, TX). 


New Women. Anastasia Tinari Projects (Chicago, IL). *performance

And the state of emergency is also always a state of emergence. Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL). *solo exhibition

You Open Your Mouth Half Way. The Ski Club (Milwaukee, WI). Curated by Mark Klassen. *solo exhibition

White Light / Black Noise. The Franklin (Chicago, IL). Curated by Edra Soto. *solo exhibition

Ragdale Artist Residency. Ragdale Foundation (Lake View, IL).

In Search of Miss Ruthless. Para Site (Hong Kong, SAR). Curated by Hera Chan and David Bourgonjon.

To Name It Is To See It. DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL). Curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm with essay by Faye Gleisser. *solo exhibition

ALL RISE. MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL) and UNC-CH (Chapel Hill, NC). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương and Black Lunch Table. *performance

Otherwise you don't see me. SOHO20 Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương.

DCASE Individual Artist Program Grant. Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (Chicago, IL).


Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall. VISUAL Carlow (Carlow, IR). Invited Artist with Orla Ryan, Alanna O'Kelly, & Bryan Hand.

Speaking in the Dark. Nhà Sàn Collective (Hanoi, VN). Two-person exhibition with Hồng-Ân Trương. *solo exhibition

Preview 6: We've Met Before. Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL). Curated by Faye Gleisser.

BOLT Artist Residency. Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL).

The Making of a Fugitive. MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL). Curated by Faye Gleisser.

Hidden Assembly. Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. Curated by Yaelle Amir.

Hidden Assembly. SPACES (Cleveland, OH). Curated by Yaelle Amir. In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. Curated by Yaelle Amir.

Public Collections:

The Voice is an Archive. Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA).

To Name It Is To See It. DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL).

ESCAPE. MCA Chicago Rare Book Collection (Chicago, IL).

Unofficial Annotations (as part of Asia Art Archives). MoMA Library (New York, NY).

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