City of Hobsons Bay

Phuong Ngo - Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was

Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was is a multi-venue exhibition by visual artist Phuong Ngo.


Event Details



Event Starts

Apr 1, 2022

Event Ends

Jun 27, 2022


Woods Street Arts Space



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.


Exhibition Venues

The Substation / 29 April to 18 June 2022

Address: 1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015
Opening Hours: Wed–Sat 12–6pm, Fri 12–8pm


Laneway Gallery at Wood Street Arts Space / 1 April to 27 June 2022

Address: 44 Woods St, Laverton VIC 3028

Opening Hours: N/A – Outdoor exhibition, projection space best viewed at dusk/night


Public Programming:

Mooncake Workshop

Saturday 14 May, three sessions 

In a lot of Asian cultures, mooncakes are shared with family and friends as a symbol of prosperity and reunion.   Bring your family and friends and join exhibiting artists Phuong Ngo and Hwafern Quach to paint, sparkle and bling your own mooncake. All ages welcome. 

11am to11:45am session:

12pm to 12:45pm session:

1pm to 1:45pm: Booked out


Laneway Gallery is an outdoor exhibition space at Woods Street Art Space in Laverton. Part of the space’s overall annual programming, this is one of a series of commissioned displays by artists responding to social, historic, or environmental themes. Learn more about Laneway Gallery.

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