|Use of light: A work by Ngọc Hương. — Photo soi.today|
HÀ NỘI — An exhibition entitled Nói trong bóng tối (Speaking in the Dark) by two artists Trương Hồng Ân and Ngô Ngọc Hương will take place at Nhà Sàn Collective, Lương Yên Street, Hai Bà Trưng District on July 24.
The exhibition, which introduces the latest works of the artists, explores themes such as belonging, language and memory using their families’ history as part of the Vietnamese expat community. Via their video, photographic and arrangement works, they study the way identity is affected by the shifting notions of time.
Ân’s work raises the questions about the true nature of memory, especially when the language used is often fragmented. She uses photography and cinema to explore the powerlessness of language in the aftermath of mental trauma.
Her works have been displayed at the International Center of Photography, Art in General, Smack Mellon, the Kitchen and other art destinations in New York.
|Voices: A work by Ngọc Hương. — Photo soi.today|
In 2013, she received the sponsorship of Art Matters, along with the scholarship of Franconia Sculpture Park Jeromy fellowship and Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist fellowship. She has stayed at Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2015. Ân is now taking part in the Open Session Program and is assistant professor at North Carolina University.
Hương’s work centres on the research of the voice as it plays a role in both means and storage, in order to study the line between private experience and community, the fact and fiction during the process of finding herself.
She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Art and Technology, and was a studio art fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. She was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Việt Nam to continue a research-based project in France.
|Words and memory: An arrangement work by Ân. — Photo soi.today|
She has been supported by the New Museum, Rhizome, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, and has been in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SOMA Mexico, the Camargo Foundation, Latitude and others. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art, Pratt Institute, and Parsons the New School for Design and will join the faculty at Northwestern University in 2016 as a visiting lecturer.
Their exhibition will run from 2pm to 7pm. Entrance is free for public. — VNS