Nha San Collective - Speaking in The Dark
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.
Hồng-Ân Trương’s work asks, “What is the act of remembering when the language that is spoken is always already fragmented?” Her installation uses the photographic and the cinematic to reveal the incapacities of language in the aftermath of trauma.
Through the investigation of voice as both medium and archive, Hương Ngô complicates the borders between personal and collective experience, fact and fiction in the process of understanding ourselves. Exploring the interaction of image and sound through personal and popular culture references, Hương Ngô asks "How do we reconcile the tension between seeking a fixed identity with the reality of how culture moves and is transferred?"