Work by Pao Houa Her
Work by Pao Houa Her

Pao Houa Her ’09 is showing a new series of photographs in the solo exhibition After the Fall of Hmong Tebchaw at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.

After the Fall of Hmong Tebchaw (country) expresses the deep sense of loss Hmong elders have for their beloved homeland. The series is comprised of black and white photographs, half of which depict individual elderly Hmong women enveloped in abundant backdrops of artificial foliage, and half of which depicts flora, particularly tropical plants in the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota, an abundant and lush displaced environment.

The title of this photographic series (and the accompanying exhibition) refers to both the original loss of a Hmong homeland and also to a recent traumatic and divisive incident in the Hmong community—the swindling of the more than four hundred Hmong elders in the United States via a fraudulent investment scheme called Hmong Tebchaw, conducted by now-convicted con man Seng Xiong.

After the Fall of Hmong Tebchaw
November 2–December 14, 2019
Catherine G. Murphy Gallery (St. Paul)
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

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