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Hương Ngô (Huong Ngo, Ngô Ngọc Hương, 吳玉香) is an artist born in Hong Kong, often working between France and Vietnam, and currently based in Chicago where she is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having grown up as a refugee in the American South, she engages histories of colonialism and migration, particularly in relationship to language, structures of power, and ideologies. The body and, alternately, its absence and its traces are strongly present in her work, which often asks how we might make visible the process of our own subject formation. Beginning her studies as a biology major, she received her BFA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001) and continued in Art & Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2004).

Her research and archive-based practice began while a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012. She was recently awarded the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in Vietnam (2016) to realize a project, begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France, recently exhibited at DePaul Art Museum (2017), and continued through the Camargo Core Program (2018), 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, described as “deftly and defiantly decolonial” by New City and “what intersectional feminist art looks like” by the Chicago Tribune, has exhibited at the MoMA, MCA Chicago, Nhà Sàn Collective, and Para Site and supported by 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, DCASE, and Sàn Art, among others.

Both archeological and futuristic, her work operates in layers, continuously making and unmaking an unruly archive.

While living in France, she organized a series of artist lectures, UJVF Rencontre, in collaboration with Liem Binh Luong Nguyen and in cooperation with WoMA Paris. Information and recordings can be found here.

Upcoming and Recent Exhibitions:


Contemporary Artists Reflect on the American War, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN).  In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. (forthcoming)

The Warmth of Other Suns, The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.). In collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương. 

UIS Visual Arts Gallery (Springfield, IL). (forthcoming) *solo exhibition

In the Shadow of the Future, 4TH Ward Project Space (Chicago, IL). *solo exhibition

Taming a Wild Tongue, Vanderbilt University Space 204 (Nashville, TN). *solo exhibition


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

Recent Awards, Residencies, and Speaking Engagements:


RISD Digital + Media. Invited Speaker and Graduate Studio Visits (Providence, RI)

Faculty Enrichment Grant. SAIC (Chicago, IL)

Gallery 400. Voices Lecture Series. Invited Speaker and Graduate Studio Visits. UIC (Chicago, IL)

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


3Arts Award (Chicago, IL)

Ulterior Emergencies: Aesthetics, Labor, and Re-Sighting Policy. American Studies Association (Atlanta, GA). Organized by Faye Gleisser, comments Kathy O’dell, with Jackie Wang, Jasmine Mahmoud, and Sarah Wilbur

Take Root Among The Stars: Visionary Fiction and the Legacy of Octavia Butler. Conversations on Art and Science. School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Organized by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem with Dr. Sami Schalk, A. Martine Whitehead, and Chelsea Frazier

Illinois Arts Council Agency Individual Artist Support Program. (Chicago, IL)

Camargo Core Program (Cassis, France)

Parlor Room Presents. Graduate Studio Visits. SAIC Photo Department. (Chicago, IL)

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


Interlink Visiting Artist Program. Invited Speaker and Graduate Studio Visits. SAIC (Chicago, IL)

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

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


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

Sàn Art International Artist-in Residency (HCMC, VN)

Selected Press:

“Adding a Multiplicity of Identities at a Time,” interview with Jacob Zhang for Gallery No One

“Critics’ Pick,” Minh Nguyen for Artforum

“In the Shadow of the Future: Interview with Hương Ngô,” Maya Simkin for Sixty Inches from Center

“Chicago: New Networks of Alterity and Resistance,” Laura Kina for ArtAsiaPacific

“The Document as Event: Vietnamese Artists’ Engagement with History,” Nora Taylor for Art Journal

“Hương Ngô: Reap the Whirlwind,” Caroline Picard for Fabrik

“3Arts awards grants are about the whole artist, and awardees revel in the freedom,” Darcel Rockett for the Chicago Tribune

“From the Archives, Out of the Darkness: A Review of Huong Ngo at Aspect/Ratio Projects,” Anastasia Tinari for Newcity Chicago

“Hương Ngô: Reflecting Winds of Perception and Change,” Chester Alamo-Costello for The COMP Magazine

“Critic’s Picks: Hương Ngô and Tonika Lewis Johnson,” Shannon Waldman for fnewsmagazine

“Chicago Roundup,” Orit Gat for Art Agenda

“Being: New Photography,” Graham W. Bell for Brooklyn Rail

“Being: New Photography,” New Yorker

"Material Witness Witness Material," Nicole Miller for Brooklyn Rail

“The Browser: MoMA’s Gripping ‘New Photography’ Goes Behind the Lens,” Alex Greenberger for ARTNEWS

“MoMA's New Photography Show Is a Testament to Being Human,” Sarah Valdez for VICE

“Discover 5 Artists Breathing New Life Into Photography in MoMA’s Biannual Survey,” Taylor Dafoe for ARTNET News

"MoMA's Human Focus," Richard Woodward for Wall Street Journal

"Interviews: Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong as Told to Daniel Quiles," Artforum

"Deftly and Defiantly Decolonial," B. David Harley for New City

"This is what intersectional feminist art looks like," Lori Waxman for the Chicago Tribune

"Breakout Artists 2017," Noah Hanna for New City

"Interview with Huong Ngo," Jessica Perez for the Asian American Art Oral History Project

"After a Call for Change, Artists Respond," Jillian Steinhauer for Hyperallergic

"Common Spaces," Holland Cotter for The New York Times

"Artist Profile: Huong Ngo," Ian Glover for Rhizome

"Things Done with Words," Stephen Squibb for Idiom Magazine

"Lessons Learned 1: Huong Ngo," Amara Antilla for the Walker Arts Center

"A Nest of All Possible Worlds," Albert Stabler for NY Arts Magazine

"Show muses on our nervous times," Lauren Viera for the Chicago Tribune

Public Collections:

The Voice is an Archive and Reap the Whirlwind. 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).

Reap the Whirlwind. Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN).

Reap the Whirlwind. Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts Tisch Library Special Collections. (Medford, MA).

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