Monika Truong 張秀娥 is a sinologist, sociologist and theatre professional based in Zurich. She combines different disciplines and perspectives, draws from personal experience in order to artistically work on the phenomena of our time. Her academic training shapes her understanding of the cultural heritage of communities. Her Chinese-Vietnamese origins, her Asian appearance as well as her socialization and everyday life in Switzerland complement and sharpen her perspective. In her theatre work, she focuses on interpersonal relationships, on what connects or separates people in social interactions. She stages participatory performances, which deal with the asymmetry of social possibilities and power relations and show alternatives to today’s reality. Her work “Enjoy Racism” (together with Thom Reinhard) in coproduction with the Fabriktheater Zürich and ROXY Birsfelden was shown in 2018 at the festivals Impulse in Mühlheim an der Ruhr and Politik im Freie Theater in Munich, where it was awarded the festival prize. Since 2020 Monika Truong has been an associate artist at Gessnerallee Zurich who co-produce her work. Her latest work “Motherhood – A Performance Evaluation” premiered in April 2022. Her show “Be Part Of” (2021) was presented at Mayfest 2022 in Bristol, UK.

All works shown on the website are the intellectual property of Monika Truong and her co-authors Thom Reinhard (Enjoy Racism, Ausländer Ausziehen, Watch Me Strip, Invest In Me) as well as Simone Truong and Elaine Ho (Overseas 2008-2010).

Photo credits:
The photos used on the website are the intellectual property of Linda Pollari, Simona Scardovelli, Sylvie Luk, Elaine Ho, Gerhard F. Ludwig, Dominik Labhardt, Christian Glaus, Flurin Bertschinger, Stefan Wülser and may not be copied or reproduced without express permission.

Judith Koch, Daniela Ruocco, Trân Tran, Marque-Lin Pham, Minh-Duc Pham, Michael Flury, Stefan Wülser, Ntando Cele, Mbene Mwambene, Maurice Moises, Pema Shitsetsang, Yves Regenass, Susan Wäckerlin, Matthias Werner, Oliver Eckert, André Donzé, Yan Balistoy, Antoinette Ulrich, Isabell Heinrich, Meret Siemen, MisSa Blue, Lady Mary, Eleonora Mond, Louise de Ville, Zhanna Zottawa, Angela Pina Ganzoni, Zihan Loo, Steven Schoch, Patrick Balaraj Yogarajan, Marina Zeller, Björn Salzer, Jenny Beyer, Claude Jansen, Evelina Lundqvist, Mario Sinnhofer, Edmund Trollope, Elias Gross, Björn Neukom, Julian M. Grünthal, Thom Reinhard, Liu Bin, Liu Nanan, Shen Jun, Xiao Wei, Kilian Haselbeck, Francesca Honegger, Eva Küpfer, Adrien Rupp, Xiao He, David Baumgartner, Adina Secretan, Lukas Piccolin, Guillaume Mojon, Lee Kk, Aloun Marchal, Liang Shuo, Liu Ding, Carol Lu Yinghua, Felipe Escudero, Jam Pei, Sylvie Luk, Nan Jing, Qu Yizhen, Fabian Kalker, Karin Pauer, Elaine Ho, Simone Truong

Work funded by:
Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, SoKultur Lotteriefonds Kanton Solothurn, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Migros Kulturprozent Zürich, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb