In Search of Miss Ruthless
Jun
30
to Sep 8

In Search of Miss Ruthless

Dear Miss Ruthless,

We have been chasing the stories of diasporic pageant queens. There is something ruthless about their stories, something that recalls the sentimentality of Chinese culture. Allow us to paraphrase Rey Chow in writing that sentimentality is an attachment premised on adaptation and resilience. Romance that endures. We are building a community to welcome you. And really, a community is just a group of people who are capable of holding a pageant. The stage has been set. 

Yours truly,
Hera Chan and David Xu Borgonjon, Curators

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Beyond Snowden: Surveillance and the Construction of Difference
Jul
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beyond Snowden: Surveillance and the Construction of Difference

Edward Snowden's leak of NSA documents, revealing the widespread surveillance of US citizens, awakened a general public's awareness of the overreach of the government into private conversations and information. What was perhaps not as evident was how surveillance has been enacted on particular marginalized populations by the US government since the very beginnings of its institutions. The criminalization of immigrants and the subsequent rationalization for their surveillance by way of heightened scrutiny around their documentation or the call of vigilant citizenry, is but one example of how certain populations experience surveillance differently. How else might we begin to see more clearly the often layered connections between surveillance and the construction of difference and critically engage as concerned citizens when marginalized communities are affected? Join former LATITUDE resident Huong Ng in conversation on July 8 with Tia-Simone Gardner, Lars McKenzie, and Simon Spartalian, co-moderated by James Pepper Kelly, to examine aspects of intersectionality in relation to information systems, surveillance, image making, and digital identities.

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Defty and Defiantly Decolonial
Jul
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Defty and Defiantly Decolonial

To Name It Is To See It was reviewed by New City's B. David Harley.

Important, heart-rending, and elucidating, Huong Ngô’s “To Name It Is To See It” feels like nothing less than conceptual magic.The artist’s largest museum presentation to date, it is a show which paradoxically manages to be both freighted with import—themes as heavy as dying stars—and suffused with information but minimal in its presentation. It is approachable and democratic in its design and delivery, a light expression of unbearable being, a funeral shroud or flag. A materially rich distillation of Ngô’s research into the life of 1930s Vietnamese anti-colonial activist Nguyen Thi Minh Khai—done in France and Vietnam—the show both presents the challenges faced by Minh Khai, whipsawed by the colonial government and by the sexism of her rebellious peers, as well as echoes, via themes of spying and surveillance, colonialism and feminism, issues which continue to suffuse the global atmosphere today.

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This is what intersectional feminist art looks like
Jun
21
2:55pm 2:55pm

This is what intersectional feminist art looks like

Review for To Name It Is To See It and Vessels of Geneology in the Chicago Tribune by Lori Waxman.

The Vietnamese language does not have a word for feminism.

But the country did and does have feminists, including Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, a revolutionary leader of the Indochinese Communist Party in the 1930s. Her elusive figure lurks everywhere and nowhere in "To Name It is to See It," a solo exhibition by Huong Ngo upstairs at the DePaul Art Museum.

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Dr. Nora A. Taylor, "Performance Art Under Attack in Southeast Asia"
Jun
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Dr. Nora A. Taylor, "Performance Art Under Attack in Southeast Asia"

In conjunction with "To Name It Is To See It," Art Historian Nora Taylor will give a lecture on censorship and art in South East Asia.

Over the past two decades, along with the rise of performance art in Southeast Asia, artists in Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore have been the subject of censorship by their governments, with police raids on performance events and arrests for performing in public. This talk will discuss examples where artists have been attacked for exercising their rights as creative individuals and explain some of the controversies surrounding this art form under authoritative regimes.

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Otherwise You Don't See Me
Jun
1
to Jul 2

Otherwise You Don't See Me

We began research for this exhibition by seeking evidence of bureaucratic violence and presently shifting power structures. What we found was an imprint of unguarded vulnerability revealed by our contemporary political currents. The artists and writers whose works are featured in this exhibition consider the positioning of an identity within a larger narrative. Whether their own, their kin, country, or simply imagined, from a western-centric viewpoint, these identities are largely read as ‘other.’

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Panel Discussion: Intersectional Identity and Creative Political Action
May
24
5:30pm 5:30pm

Panel Discussion: Intersectional Identity and Creative Political Action

DePaul Art Museum exhibitions A Matter of Conscience and Hương Ngô: To Name It is to See It explore artistic practices that are both personal and political, making visible the artist’s role as activist. DePaul Art Museum Assistant Curator Mia Lopez will moderate a discussion with artists and cultural producers Hương Ngô, Aram Han Sifuentes, Laura Kina, and Tempestt Hazel.

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New City Chicago: Break Out Artists 2017
May
1
12:00pm12:00pm

New City Chicago: Break Out Artists 2017

I have been selected as one of Chicago's Break Out Artists of 2017. This annual list has always included artists that I admire, so this is a great honor.

Welcome to Newcity Art’s annual shortlist of artists you need to know right now. This is not a listicle of the top thirty-under-thirty, nor is it an exhaustive encyclopedia of every maker toiling away in the myriad studios and slashie live-work spaces in this fair and fecund city, blessed be their tired and yearning souls. Before you are eight artists whose work deserves your immediate and undivided attention—at least until that next Trump tweet throws everything off kilter again. And even then, you’ll need some beautiful and acerbic art to get you through the rest of the day, so listen up please.

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To Name It Is To See It
Apr
27
to Aug 6

To Name It Is To See It

In this new body of work that includes photographs, textiles, prints, neon, video, sound, and objects, Hương Ngô engages with the French government’s surveillance archives of Vietnamese anticolonial organizer Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai (1910-1941). The role of performance in the construction of identity is at the forefront of Ngô’s investigation of this historical figure. Minh Khai’s constant crossing of borders – those of nation-states, ethnicities, languages, genders, and classes – via her numerous pseudonyms and disguises, was key to her invisibility to authorities yet renders her difficult to classify even today.

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ALL RISE at MCA Chicago
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

ALL RISE at MCA Chicago

All Rise is a community-based event that addresses issues of institutional racism in our communities and ultimately aims to create a space for speech, performance, and critical dialogue. All Rise combines strategies from two ongoing collaborative projects: Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương's And And And Stammering: An Interview and Jina Valentine and Heather Hart’s The Black Lunch Table.

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All Rise
Mar
9
to Mar 30

All Rise

ALL RISE is a community-based performance project that explores themes of race & immigration.
ALL RISE will take place throughout the month of March. Events include:

>> The Black Lunch Table roundtables where community discussions take place over lunch or dinner.

>> AND AND AND Stammering: An Interview performances where audience members get to rehearse what it might be like to go through a process of obtaining citizenship to the U.S. One-hour performances are followed by roundtable discussions which also include lunch or dinner.

>> Wikipedia edit-a-thons where we will create new entries around the important topics that we discuss during our conversations.
 

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Syntax Season's Didactic
Feb
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

Syntax Season's Didactic

DIDACTIC is a broadsheet zine series, created and published by PRINTtEXT, that provides visual and textual supplement to art projects and events.

It is part of SYNTAX SEASON, a series of solo exhibitions organized by A\M that brings together eight artists whose practices engage in various kinds of language games. Working with words, text, text-like images and image-like texts, these artists consider how we engage with language and, more specifically, how we construct meaning.

Syntax Season is organized by Michael Milano and Elisabeth Smith

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Hidden Assembly at Newspace Center for Photography
Nov
4
to Jan 7

Hidden Assembly at Newspace Center for Photography

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Hidden Assembly, curated by Yaelle Amir, will travel to Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR.

In today’s economy, most production is rendered invisible. The labor that people perform is obscured or eliminated–an effect heightened by the expanded tech field, global outsourcing, and the rise of precarious work. The group exhibition Hidden Assembly addresses our reconfigured labor market by featuring projects that examine what it means to work in current times, and creative campaigns geared towards exposing exploitative conditions that precarious laborers face today from cultural workers to caretakers to independent contractors.

Participating artists/projects:
Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY) | João Enxuto & Erica Love | Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen | Gulf Labor Coalition | Marisa Morán Jahn/Studio REV- | Mary Lum | Michael Mandiberg | Betty Marin | Huong Ngo & Hong-An Truong | Laurel Ptak | Patricia Vasquez | Andrew Norman Wilson.

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VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.
Oct
29
to Jan 30

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

Invited to present work with Artists Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall. Artists Talk & Tour of the Exhibition on Sat 12th November, 4.30pm.

Originally commissioned as part of the An Post GPO Witness History public art commissions for 2016 and then exhibited in The Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi, Stormy Petrel/ Guairdeall in VISUAL will take the form of a sculptural sound installation, publication, film and guest appearance of the work of Vietnamese American artist Huong Ngo in the Gallery Entrance.

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Hidden Assembly at SPACES
Aug
26
to Oct 21

Hidden Assembly at SPACES

Curator: Yaelle S. Amir

The starting point of the group exhibition Hidden Assembly is the recognition that under capitalism most production is rendered invisible. The labor that people perform is largely obscured or eliminated-an effect heightened by the expanded tech field, global outsourcing, and the rise of precarious work. Hidden Assembly addresses our reconfigured labor market by featuring projects that examine what it means to work in current times.

Included projects communicate the uniquely precarious conditions resulting from capitalist values and governmental strategies; unrecognized producers in the new digital economy; and creative activism that advocates for improved and regulated worker conditions in an age of global and unorganized labor.

Artists/Projects:
Art Handlers Alliance (AHA-NY) | Joao Enxuto & Erica Love | Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen | Gulf Labor Artist Coalition | Betty Marin | Huong Ngo & Hong-An Truong | Laurel Ptak | Studio REV-(lead artist: Marisa Jahn) | Andrew Norman Wilson

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The Making of a Fugitive at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Jul
16
to Dec 4

The Making of a Fugitive at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

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In September 1970, Life magazine’s cover featured a photograph of recently arrested scholar and activist Angela Davis superimposed with the words “The Making of a Fugitive.” The exhibition, which takes its name from the iconic publication, presents works that not only reflect on the fugitive figure in American popular culture, but also interrogate how narratives constructed by the media influence our understandings of lawlessness and otherness and directly inform our views on innocence, safety, and normalcy. The artists have combined text and images, self-fashioned themselves as “wanted” bodies, and questioned our ability to accurately interpret visual evidence shaped by multiple social pressures and conditions.

The Making of a Fugitive showcases mixed media, prints, photographs, and sculptures made by artists working from the 1970s to the present and highlights conceptual artworks in the MCA’s collection. Featured artists include Dennis Adams, Chris Burden, David Hammons, R. B. Kitaj, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Huong Ngo, Carrie Schneider, and Xaviera Simmons. Whether the works conjure memories of iconic fugitives, such as Patty Hearst and Angela Davis, or incorporate loaded words, like safety and fear, viewers are prompted to question their assumptions about criminality and contemplate how the circulation of images influences their ideas.

The exhibition is organized by Faye Gleisser, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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Speaking in the Dark at Nhà Sàn Collective
Jul
9
to Jul 24

Speaking in the Dark at Nhà Sàn Collective

This exhibition brings together new bodies of work by two artists, Hồng-Ân Trương and Hương Ngô. Drawing from their experiences as part of the Vietnamese diaspora, both artists use their family histories to explore questions of belonging, language, and memory. Through video, photography, and installation, Hồng-Ân Trương and Hương Ngô consider the ways in which identity is affected by shifting notions of time.

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Ke at Dia Projects
Feb
29
to Apr 2

Ke at Dia Projects

Ke, an exhibition on artist books, zines, and self-publishing, has moved to Dia Projects. It includes my project Unofficial Annotations made in collaboration with Andrew X. Pham, Hạc Trần, Giau Minh Truong, Patricia Nguyen, Nhung Walsh, & Lương Nguyễn Liêm Bình.

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Residency at Sàn Art
Jan
1
to May 27

Residency at Sàn Art

I am the international artist-in-residence at Sàn Art for the months of January - May, where I will continue developing a project based on the surveillance records of Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai in close proximity to sites from her history. I will be comparing the surveillance records of Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, collected at the Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence, with records from the National Archives of Vietnam and contemporary visual material in order to understand the legacy of the colonial gaze in visual culture and technology and how these issues intersect with gender, ethnicity, and issues of identity.

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Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Vietnam
Jan
1
to Jun 1

Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Vietnam

Through the Fulbright US Scholar Program in Vietnam, I will be working as a researcher affiliated with the Trường Đại học Khoa học Xã hội và Nhân văn (University of Social Sciences and Humanities) to continue developing a project based on the surveillance records of Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai in close proximity to sites from her history. I will be comparing the surveillance records of Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, collected at the Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence, with records from the National Archives of Vietnam and contemporary visual material in order to understand the legacy of the colonial gaze in visual culture and technology and how these issues intersect with gender, ethnicity, and issues of identity.

 

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