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AND THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IS ALSO ALWAYS A STATE OF EMERGENCE.
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL, 60607
Exhibition: October 6 - 26
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 6-9 pm
And the state of emergency is also always a state of emergence. – Homi Bhabha, Black Skin, White Masks, Foreword to 1986 edition.
Life in a refugee camp consists of a home that is half of a four by six foot cubicle. – Donald Larson, director of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, "The Hong Kong Refugee Crisis: Suggestions for U.S. Policy Makers,” 1989.
"In this exhibition of new work, Hương Ngô draws from the stories of her family’s year-long stay in Hong Kong refugee camps through the eyes of her siblings, who were children at the time. This shift in perspective reorients the field of possibilities and experience of the camp, complicating clear victim or hero narratives that dominate the retelling of a refugee experience and animating Homi Bhabha’s assertion, “And the state of emergency is also always a state of emergence.” Using as a formalist departure point the measurement, “a home that is half of a four by six foot cubicle,” which served as a critique of the treatment of Vietnamese refugees who were given the minimal amount of space in the camps, Ngô combines architectural sculpture with traces of her siblings’ experiences, which are at times poignant, humorous, and profound, but always expressing a full range of agency often denied to children and refugees alike."
DPAM ADVISORY BOARD
Excited to announce my new appointment on the DePaul Art Museum Advisory Board.
"DPAM is thrilled to announce the founding members of our new Advisory Board, who are distinguished professionals in their fields and leaders in the Chicago art community. They include: Rachel Harper, PhD, an artist and educator who is Assistant Director of the Stockyard Institute; Scott J. Hunter, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, and Director of Neuropsychology at The University of Chicago; Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO Chicago; artist Hương Ngô, Gary Metzner, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s; and Dia Weil, retired Senior Executive, DePaul University Trustee, and philanthropist. We welcome them as new ambassadors for DPAM and look forward to the expertise and guidance they will bring to our work."
FIELD/WORK RESIDENCY ARTIST MENTOR
I am happy to announce that I will serve as artist mentor for FIELD/WORK 2017-18.
"The FIELD/WORK Residency is an opportunity for working artists to access a deeper engagement in vital issues in artists’ professional development and critical feedback and support in designing a pathway to progress with individual goals. Informed in part by the self-assessments resident artists complete during the application process, the FIELD/WORK Residency curriculum combines nuts-and-bolts entrepreneurial skills with deep thinking about creative practice and community building to empower artists to create the foundation for a sustainable creative career."
Anastasia Tinari Projects, 1010 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
October 26, 7-9pm
October 29, 3-5pm
"New Women tells the story of three women working for a contemporary magazine called New Women and was originally written in 1944 by seminal Vietnamese playwright Vũ Đình Long. Although the play was seen as modernizing because of its French-influenced "théâtre-parlé" style, the roles fold back into a patriarchal, Confucian gender structure: the main female character is preyed upon by the male publisher of the magazine and one woman is pitted against another. Ngô uses the 20th century story to re-examine how patriarchy and capitalism operate in concert, yet invisibly to exploit female-identifying bodies. In her dramatic reading, Hương Ngô adapted the play by omitting all of the male voices. This process leaves behind blank spaces and long pauses, opening the text to a contemporary reinterpretation. The reading will take place within a sculptural set designed by Ngô, using geometric costumes that she created."
Performers: Darling Shear, Karissa Murrell Myers, Marcela Torres, Brittany Harlin