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Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương

Hương Ngô is an interdisciplinary artist born in Hong Kong, grew up as a refugee in the American South, and currently based in Chicago where she is an assistant professor in Contemporary Practices at SAIC. Beginning her studies in the sciences, she received her BFA (Summa cum laude) at UNC-CH (James M. Johnson Scholar, 2001) and continued as a Trustees Scholar in Art & Technology Studies at SAIC (MFA, 2004). The archive turn in her practice solidified while a studio fellow at the Whitney ISP in 2012. She was awarded the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant in Vietnam (2016) to realize a project, begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France, that examines the colonial history of surveillance in Vietnam vis-à-vis the activities of female resistance organizers and liaisons. Her work, described as “deftly and defiantly decolonial” and “what intersectional feminist art looks like” has exhibited at the MoMA, NY; MCA Chicago; the New Museum, NY; and the Renaissance Society, Chicago amongst many other institutions and museums. She was recently awarded the 3Arts Chicago Next Level Award (2020) and has been included in the Prague Biennial: A Second Site (2005) and Prospect.5 Triennial: Yesterday we said tomorrow in New Orleans (2021).

Hồng-Ân Trương is an artist who uses photography, video, and sound to explore immigrant, refugee, and decolonial narratives and subjectivities. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the ICP (NY), Art in General (NY), Smack Mellon (NY), the Nasher Museum of Art (Durham, NC), The Kitchen (NY), Nhà Sàn (Hanoi), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), EFA Project Space (NY), the Rubber Factory (NY), the Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She was included in the New Orleans triennial Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp in 2017-2018.

Her collaborative work with Hương Ngô was exhibited in Being: New Photography 2018 at MoMA. Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Hyperallergic. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail (2018), Shifter (2019 and 2012), and most recently Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts (Paper Monument 2021).

She has been awarded an Art Matters Foundation Grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts emergency grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was the Capp St. Artist in Residence at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in 2020 and is a MacDowell Residency Fellow for 2022. She received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine and was a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Hồng-Ân is based in Durham, North Carolina where she is an activist and a teacher. She is currently Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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