Hương Ngô (Huong Ngo, Ngô Ngọc Hương, 吳玉香) is an artist born in Hong Kong, based in Chicago, and 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 creates work that reframes the hybrid, the imperfect, and the non-fluent as sites of survival and knowledge. Performance and, alternately, the absented body and its traces are strongly present in her work. Both archeological and futuristic, her work operates in layers, continuously making and unmaking an unruly archive.

She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. She received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Vietnam for her research, begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France, 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, Para Site HK, Nhà Sàn Collective, and the New Museum, among others. She has been awarded the Chicago 3Arts Award, DCASE and Illinois Artist Grants, Rhizome Commission, and has been in residency through the Camargo Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sàn Art, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is currently Assistant Professor in Contemporary Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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:

2019

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

Vanderbilt University Space 204 (Nashville, TN) (forthcoming) *solo exhibition

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

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

2018

3Arts Award (Chicago, IL)

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

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

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)

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.

Camargo Core Program (Cassis, FR).

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

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

2017

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).

2016

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.


Selected Press:

“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. 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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