Hương Ngô (Huong Ngo, Ngô Ngọc Hương, 吳玉香) is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice connects the personal and the political, giving material form to histories which have been rendered invisible and interrogating the ideological origins of their erasure. Having grown up as a refugee in the American South, Ngô 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) for her research, begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France and recently presented 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.

Her work, which has been described as “deftly and defiantly decolonial” by New City and “what intersectional feminist art looks like” by the Chicago Tribune, has been exhibited at the MoMA (2018), MCA Chicago (2004, 2016, 2017), Para Site HK (2017), Nhà Sàn Collective (2016), the Queens Museum (2014), The Kitchen (2011, 2014), and the New Museum (2012) among others. She has been awarded the DCASE Individual Artist Program Grant (2017, 2018), the Illinois Arts Council (2018), Chicago Artists Coalition BOLT residency (2016-17), Rhizome Commission (2011), and has been in residency through the Camargo Foundation Core Program (2018), LATITUDE Chicago (2015), and SOMA Mexico (2014). She has taught at the MoMA, Pratt Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design and is currently Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Upcoming and Recent:


Reap the Whirlwind. Aspect/Ratio (Chicago, IL). *solo exhibition (current)

To trace for to carry. Smith College Museum of Art (Northhampton, MA). Curated by Emma Chubb. (current)

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

Mother. Leslie Tonkonow (New York, NY). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. Curated by Laurel Nakadate. (current)

Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont. Nasher Museum (Durham, NC). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. (forthcoming)

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

Late August, Early September, Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL). Curated by Teresa Silva.

Friend of a Friend. Document (Chicago, IL). Curated by Sibylle Friche.

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

Camargo Core Program (Cassis, FR).

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

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


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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