artist talk

Artist Talk and Conversation: Pao Houa Her
With conversants Godfre Leung, Gabi Dao and Asia Jong
Moderated by Laurie White
Recorded on May 21, 2020

In this virtual artist talk Pao Houa Her discusses the context and motivation behind her exhibition at the Or Gallery, including the new installation Green Rush, and the public art project After the Fall of Hmong Tebchaw. Guest curator Godfre Leung locates the exhibition within his larger curatorial project Unstately. Media artist Gabi Dao and emerging curator Asia Jong respond to the exhibition, and comment on how the themes of the work intersect with their own practices.

Participant Biographies

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. Read full Bio.

Godfre Leung is a critic and curator based in the territory currently known as Vancouver. Read full Bio.

Gabi Dao is an artist whose interdisciplinary practice insists on counter-memory, hyphenation, multiple truths and blurred temporalities through the pursuit of sculpture, installation, moving image and sound. Beginning with notions of the everyday, she attempts to interrogate how the patterns of their consumption, mediation, circulation and regurgitation inform the construction of both personal and shared narratives surrounding belief, belonging and nationhood. She assembles and fragments a patchwork of themes and motifs— presenting themselves in their own languages of non-linear stutterings, incantations and associations. She looks towards artistic and organizational work as an emancipatory space against hegemonic aesthetics, a space that attempts to understand the entanglements of both possibility and limitation. Gabi is also a co-organizer at Duplex, a DIY project space + studio collective based the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Asia Jong is a cultural worker, arts facilitator and emerging independent curator based in unceded Coast Salish territories known as Vancouver. Jong’s interests lie in complicating the ways in which Asian diasporic identities are represented and understood,and finding ways to understand the multiplicity of positions that diaspora occupy as Asian settlers. Jong co-runs Ground Floor Art Centre, is part of public art initiatives Border Free Bees and chART Public Art, and sits on the board of Arts Assembly.