Ungur & Huang is wife-and-husband artist duo Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang. They work primarily in video, as well as sculpture, installation, and performance. Livia was born in Romania and came to America to study art; Sherng-Lee grew up in Tennessee and formerly directed documentaries. They live and work in New York City.


The duo weaves together autobiography; fiction; documentary; and digressions into history, art, and pop culture—often within a single work. Their playful, self-reflexive narratives explore the construction and consequences of fantasy, as well as the migration of ideas, images, and individuals across political and cultural borders.  


Since 2015, the duo have exhibited at the Berlin International Film Festival, Modern Museum of Art, National Gallery Art, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, National Library of Argentina, Knoxville Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Open Space Arts Centre, Spool Contemporary Art Space, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Black Maria Film Festival. They were included in Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film."


Contact

ungurhuang@gmail.com


Livia Ungur

Began exhibiting as Ungur & Huang (2015)

MFA, Yale School of Art (2015)

Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship (2014)

BFA, Hunter College CUNY (2013)


Sherng-Lee Huang

Began exhibiting as Ungur & Huang (2015)

SXSW Film Festival (2010)

Member of comedy group Quiet Library (2006-2009)


Recognition & Awards

Founder's Spirit Award - 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017)

Jury Special Mention - 4th FIDBA Documentary Film Festival (2017)

25 New Faces of Independent Film - Filmmaker Magazine (2016)

Jury Special Mention - 2nd Valleta Film Festival (2016)

Best Documentary Feature - 8th Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (2016)

International Documentary Prize - 3rd Leiria International Short Film Festival (2016)

Jury Award, 1st Prize - 5th FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte (2015)

Jury Award, Best Film - 10th Montreal Underground Film Festival (2015)


Grants

Travel Grant - Jerome Foundation (2016)

Emergency Grant - Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2015)


Reviews & Profiles

Hotel Dallas (various publications)


Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings


2017

54th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI)

Anthology Film Archives (NYC)

Romanian Cultural Institute (London, UK)

35th Bergamo Film Meeting (Bergamo, Italy)

4th FIDBA Documentary Film Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


2016

66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin, Germany)

Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

Bucharest Art Week (Bucharest, Romania)

Southern Circuit Filmmaker Tour Sponsored by SouthArts (Southern U.S.)

The Public Cinema, Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN)

23rd Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada)

61st Seminci International Cinema Week (Valladolid, Spain)

24th Raindance Film Festival (London, UK)

18th Docaviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)

28th Galway Film Fleadh (Galway, Ireland)

18th Maryland Film Festival (Baltimore, MD)

Romanian Cinematheque (Bucharest, Romania)

19th European Film Festival (Bucharest, Romania)

13th Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw, Poland)

22nd Victoria Film Festival (Victoria, Canada)

39th Norwegian Short Film Festival (Grimstad, Norway)

29th Exground Film Festival (Wiesbaden, Germany)

29th Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media (Stuttgart, Germany)

10th Dallas International Film Festival (Dallas, TX)

2nd Valletta Film Festival (Valletta, Malta)

Black Maria Film Festival, 35th Anniversary Retrospective, Anthology Film Archives (NYC)

3rd Leiria International Short Film Festival (Leiria, Portugal)

18th Moviate Underground Film Festival - Opening Night Film (Harrisburg, PA)

18th Sidewallk Film Festival (Birmingham, AL)

25th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Hot Springs, AR)

11th Tacoma Film Festival (Tacoma, WA)

2nd Mirror Mountain Film Festival (Ontario, Canada)

10th Vukovar Film Festival (Vukovar, Croatia)

St. Louis International Film Festival (St. Louis, MO)

8th Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (Santa Fe, NM)

Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)

Jules Collins Museum of Fine Art (Auburn, AL)

East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)

Western Carolina University (Cullhowee, NC)

Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, GA)

Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC)

Winder Cultural Arts Center (Winder, GA)

New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)


2015

Fireflies in the Night, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Artistic Director: Robert Storr

National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)

Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, Iowa)

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, Oregon)

34th Black Maria Film Festival (Orange, NJ)

32nd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Kassel, Germany)

18th Antimatter [Media Art], Open Space Arts Centre (Victoria, Canada)

5th FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, National Library (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Addis Video Art Festival (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Glimmerglass Film Days (Cooperstown, NY)

Transient Visions, Spool Contemporary Art Center (Johnson City, NY)

No Home, ArtvideoKOELN @ TENRI German-Japanese Cultural Center (Cologne, Germany)

16th Off-Courts Trouville Film Festival (Trouville, France)

10th Montreal Underground Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)

8th CinEast Film Festival (Luxembourg)

21st Festival CineRail (Paris, France)

6th Strange Beauty Film Festival (Durham, NC)

4th Tuzla Film Festival (Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

2nd Without Words Film Festival (Marseilles, France)

7th Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival (Seoul, S. Korea)


Visiting Artist

East Tennessee State University (2016)

Western Carolina University (2016)

New Jersey City University (2016)


Writings

"Adorno and Video Art: Dialectical Bedfellows?" in vol. Popular Culture: Concepts, Themes, Perspectives, Annals of Philosophy, University of Bucharest Press, Bucharest, 2015





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