Pao Houa Her is a visual artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She works across multiple genres and technologies of photography to address Hmong identity and related notions of desire and belonging within the Hmong American community.
Pao was born in the northern jungles of Laos in 1982. With her family she fled the conflict resulting from the American War in Vietnam—like many others, by crossing the Mekong River as an opium-fed baby on her mother’s back. After living in refugee camps within Thailand’s borders, Pao and her family were sent to the United States in 1986.
Pao holds a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships and grants, and has exhibited extensively in Minnesota, as well as across the United States, and more recently, in Southeast Asia. She is represented by Bockley Gallery.
Godfre Leung is a critic and curator based in the territory currently known as Vancouver. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Art in America, C Magazine, and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and publications by institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center. Recent publications include contributions to the exhibition catalogues Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Rung Hoang/Empty Forest and Samson Young: It’s a heaven over there, and the collaborative artists’ book AA4 by Peter Happel Christian and Phillip Andrew Lewis.
This project is the is the first installment of UNSTATELY, a yearlong series of projects on statehood and statelessness curated by Godfre Leung at various institutions.
This project was made possible with the generous assistance of project grants by the British Columbia Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, an emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a printing grant from Tricera Print, the sponsorship of the City of Vancouver Transit Shelter Advertisement Program, and the catalyzing support of Joni Cheung and !Klodyne Rodney.
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All Artwork © Pao Houa Her, 2020.
Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery.