Minh Nguyen

  • picks May 03, 2019

    Hương Ngô

    Fantasies of the past often live on as scattered material remnants in the present. The architectural installation in Hương Ngô’s “In the Shadow of the Future” refers to one such enduring vestige: the star-shaped terraced complexes of Ivry-sur-Seine, France. These communal housing structures, designed by Jean Renaudie and Renée Gailhoustet, in one of Paris’s so-called banlieues rouges (red suburbs), are represented in Ngô’s show by a wooden trilateral sculpture filled with plants. Within its frame, three monitors display a video of a cosmonaut loitering gingerly in the neighborhood, interacting