January 18 –
May 26, 2020
Hồng-Ân Trương
2019-2020 Capp Street Project Artist-in-Residence

Hồng-Ân Trương uses photography, video, sound, and sculpture to examine histories of war as well as immigrant, refugee, and decolonial narratives. Her work engages with the concept that politics is the struggle for equal recognition within society, with aesthetics at the core of this battle. Starting with the premise that memory is political, her projects 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.

Trương utilizes her residency to further research and expand her photo and video-based project, We Are Beside Ourselves, which forges a material history for Asian American resistance. Delving into the archives at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, Trương investigates the third world liberation movement and the role of Asian American activists, including the life and work of Berkeley activist Yuri Kochiyama, and the contested figure of former Black Panther and accused FBI informant Richard Aoki. Her project explores more deeply the impact of their work and the larger invisibility of Asian-American activists in national narratives, making linkages between histories and moments in time that are not typically narrated together in order to reflect on today’s political climate and racial tensions.

The residency culminates in a two-day event that will create a collective space for engaging the legacies and genealogies of radical anti-racist movements, tracing the relationships between identity-centered groups to frame the way we think about our current anti-racist work.

More information coming soon.

Hồng-Ân Trương (b. 1976, Gainesville, FL) lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, where she is an Associate Professor of Art in the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hồng-Ân Trương: 2019-2020 Capp Street Project Artist-in-Residence is curated by Kim Nguyen.
Hồng-Ân Trương, On minor histories and the horrifying recognition of the swift work of time, 2016; installation view, Nhà Sàn, Ha Nội, Việt Nam; Courtesy of the artist.
Hồng-Ân Trương, On minor histories and the horrifying recognition of the swift work of time, 2016; installation view, Nhà Sàn, Ha Nội, Việt Nam; Courtesy of the artist.
Hồng-Ân Trương, Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016; installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Courtesy of the artist.
Hồng-Ân Trương, Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016; installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Courtesy of the artist.
Hồng-Ân Trương, We Are Beside Ourselves, 2018; installation view, Rubber Factory, New York; Courtesy of the artist.
Hồng-Ân Trương, We Are Beside Ourselves, 2018; installation view, Rubber Factory, New York; Courtesy of the artist.