Hong-An Truong’s work examines structures of time, memory and the production of knowledge by engaging in archival materials, individual and collective narratives, and histories that span cultural and national borders. Using video, film, sound, installation, and photography, she attempts to interrogate the narrative paradigms of these media, and how they shape what we come to know about political and historical events in the world. Often drawing on her own lived experience as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Truong’s work explores broader historical and political themes, often focusing on the history of Vietnam in relation to war and colonialism. Examining the precarious equilibrium between image and concept, word and meaning, her work attempts to rupture the historical event, making what we understand as past historical events unstable. Truong’s work strives to render the double, by simply making certain histories visible and legible and by challenging a notion of whatever “pure” notion of the self, of identity, that those histories can’t help but attempt to hold together.
Hong-An Truong is an artist based in New York and North Carolina. Truong received her MFA at the University of California, Irvine and was a studio art fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She is an Asst. Professor in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent exhibitions include group shows at The Kitchen (NY, NY), Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY), and the Nasher Museum of Art (Durham, NC). In 2013, she was included in the fifth annual Artists Film International, which showed at the Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, Turkey), Whitechapel (London), and Fundacion PROA (Buenos Aires, Argentina), amongst other venues.