Hong-An Truong
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Artist Statement

My practice engages in two modes, both of which examine structures of time, memory and the production of knowledge by engaging with archival materials, individual and collective narratives, and histories that span cultural and national borders.

In my photography and video installation work, I approach each project through a research process. Starting with historical events, I attempt to examine how knowledge around such events are understood through methods of translation, performance, and representation. My projects underscore the ideological underpinnings of historical narratives and raise questions about the elision and repression of the present moment in the service of the past. Often incorporating appropriated sound, image, and text, my work examines the precarious equilibrium between image and concept, word and meaning. I use archival material as a point of departure for exploring the politics of representation and the construction of difference and subjectivity in relation to history, time, and memory. Attempting to rupture the historical event, I am interested in making the archive – and our what we understand as past historical events – unstable, revealing it as an etiological myth unable to contain the possibilities that might appear.

In my collaborative work, I explore the role of pedagogy in the production of knowledge. My approach to collaboration engages participants in an experience that connects political concepts with personal experience, the possibility for difference and social change. Using performance and storytelling as tools to raise a series of questions, my collaborations engage in the possibilities of (future) lived realities by creating exercises in action.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2009Reconsidering Identity
Works & History
2017ALL RISE with Huong Ngo, Jina Valentine, and Heather Hart, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago
Solo exhibition, A Treatment for A Year of the Rabbit, at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC
ALL RISE, an Institute of Arts & Humanities Arts & Social Justice project at UNC Chapel Hill, with Jina Valentine, Huong Ngo, and Heather Hart
Soundings: Protest | Politics | Dissent at Power Plant Gallery, Duke University in Durham, NC
2016Hidden Assembly at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon
Jina Valentine & Hong-An Truong at Biggin Gallery at Auburn University
Panelist for On Desire at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY
Hidden Assembly at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland
Video interview at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) as part of Art | Place
Speaking in the Dark: Hồng-Ân Trương & Hương Ngô at Nhà Sàn Collective in Hanoi, Vietnam
Art | Place | Memory: Artists' Films - Hong-An Truong & Maya Schweizer at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Artist Fellowship with Southern Constellations at the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC

Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin

Panelist at Feminist Tea Party at Abrons Art Center

Area 919: Artists in the Triangle at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

"Local modern artists at the Nasher still contend with the masterful legacy of 18th-century French draftsmen at the Ackland," by Chris Vitiello, Jan. 28, 2015, Indy Weekly

Video interview at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Work it Out at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

Art Review, "Common Spaces at The Kitchen," by Holland Cotter, June 5, 2014, New York Times.

Common Spaces at The Kitchen in NY