Reap the Whirlwind, 2018
five volume artist book with thermochromic ink in clamshell case with blind embossed covers
8 1/2 x 9 x 1 1/2 in 21.6 x 22.9 x 3.8 cm
edition of 8
Hương Ngô is an interdisciplinary artist based in the United States. Born in Hong Kong (1979) and having grown up in the American South, Ngô is an assistant professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Beginning her studies in the sciences, she received her BFA (Summa cum laude) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (James M. Johnson Scholar, 2001) and continued as a Trustees Scholar in Art & Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2004). Her archive-based practice began while a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program 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, exhibited at DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2017), and continued through the Camargo Core Program, France (2018), 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 Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the New Museum, New York; and the Renaissance Society, Chicago amongst many other institutions, museums, and galleries. 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). She is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Smith College Museum of Art, DePaul Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and Tufts University.