Phuong Ngo : Conflicted: Works from the Vietnam Archive Project: Photo: Matthew Stanton: Courtesy the artist


Photo Live: Phuong Ngo

Date 22.09.2021
Time 10:00am (GMT), 7:00pm (AEST)
Location Online
Date: 22.09.2021 Time: 10:00am (GMT)
Date: 22.09.2021 Time: 7:00pm (AEST)

Presented by Photo Australia, Melbourne ( and Autograph, London (, PHOTO LIVE is a series of 10 online conversations between artists and curators from Australia and the UK that will explore ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation and social justice. This program highlights the importance of centring black, Indigenous, feminist, queer and other marginalised voices and storytelling in photography.

The first talk in the series features Melbourne-based artist Phuong Ngo in conversation with Salma Tuqan, Deputy Director of Delfina Foundation, London.

About the Artist

Phuong Ngo is an artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. His practice is concerned with the interpretation of history, memory and place, and how it impacts individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese diaspora. Through archival process rooted in a conceptual practice, he seeks to find linkages between culture, politics and oral histories and historic events, which intern dictates the materiality of his artistic output.

Salma Tuqan is a Contemporary art and design curator and Cultural Strategist. She is Deputy Director of Delfina Foundation, an inter-disciplinary non profit dedicated to artistic exchange through residencies, exhibitions and public programming. Prior to Delfina Foundation, she was the Contemporary Middle East Curator at the V&A, responsible for Middle Eastern art and design programming, curator of the Jameel Prize and co-founder of the ‘Culture in Crisis’ series. She has contributed to other projects as an independent curator, including Palestine c/o Venice at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and Until my veins collapse at Mac Lyon (2022). She works with cultural organisations on strategy and is advisory member of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut), and NuMu (Guatemala City).


Photo Australia produces PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. Delivered in collaboration with over 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities, the Festival features free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions, alongside events and education programs. The Festival invites artists, curators, writers, academics and audiences to interrogate the major issues of our time through a central theme. The theme for PHOTO 2022 is ‘Being Human’ and the Festival will run from 29 April to 22 May 2022.

Autograph ABP was founded in 1988 in London to support black photographic practices. Between 1988 and 2007, Autograph worked as an agency to initiate projects in gallery spaces, museums, at festivals or in public sites. It developed expertise in influencing policy and practice and was able to demonstrate alternative models of making and sharing creative work produced by artists from the UK and abroad. In 2007, Autograph applied for charitable status and moved to a purpose-built permanent home in Rivington Place, Shoreditch, which provides an important London showcase for its annual public exhibitions, a dedicated learning studio and a place to welcome the many institutions, informal groups and individuals with whom we make and share cultural projects.

1854 Media is a multi-award-winning digital media organisation with a global community including millions of photographers, arts lovers and international brands. Its portfolio includes British Journal of Photography, the world’s oldest photography title (est. 1854), and its awards are among the most viewed photographic exhibitions in history.

The Motherland Calls, Courtesy of Autograph, London