Phuong Ngo (AU)

Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was

Image: Phuong Ngo, [Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out] (video still), from the series [Lost and Found], 2019–ongoing. Courtesy the artist

Image: Phuong Ngo, Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out (video still), from the series Lost and Found, 2019–ongoing. Courtesy the artist


29 April 2022 - 18 June 2022


The Substation [i]
1 Market St, Newport
Wed – Sat, 12pm – 6pm
Fri, 12pm – 8pm
Billboards at Laneway Gallery (outdoor) [i]
Wood Street Arts Space, 44 Woods St, Laverton
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



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.

Presented in partnership with The Substation, Hobsons Bay City Council’s Laneway Gallery and PHOTO 2022.

This exhibition takes place in two venues:

The Substation
29 April – 18 June (exhibition)
11 May – 20 May (video installation)

Billboards at Laneway Gallery
1 April – 27 June (exhibition)

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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.

01–24 March