Talk: Phuong Ngo

30 April 2022
Phuong Ngo, [Men leave their corpses, women depart as ghost/The Inn at Little Washington], 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Phuong Ngo, Men leave their corpses, women depart as ghost/The Inn at Little Washington, 2022. Courtesy the artist.


30 April 2022

Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm (AEST)


The Substation [i]
1 Market St, Newport
Wed – Sat, 12pm – 6pm
Fri, 12pm – 8pm




Free, bookings required

Join artist Phuong Ngo and Artistic Director Brad Spolding for a walkthrough of the exhibition, Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was.

Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was is a multi-venue exhibition by visual artist Phuong Ngo. The exhibition deals directly with the colonial legacy of French occupied Vietnam, reflecting on the ways in which this history has spanned the globe following The Fall of Saigon.

In unpacking the complexities of colonisation, the exhibition seeks to understand how the formation of French Indochina continues to inform the Vietnamese diaspora, including the ways in which the Vietnamese-Australian community engages with Australia’s (and the West’s) imperial, colonial, and racist past and present.

Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was is presented in partnership with The Substation, Hobsons Bay City Council’s Laneway Gallery and PHOTO 2022.

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  • Phuong Ngo (AU)

    Born 1983, Adelaide, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Phuong Ngo is an artist and curator living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). His practice is concerned with the interpretation of history, memory and place, and how it impacts individual and collective identity. Through an archival process rooted in a conceptual practice, he seeks to find linkages between culture, politics and oral histories and historic events.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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