Please join us for the new Lobby Competition installation with work by J. Tshab Her.
During the Laotian Civil War from 1953-1975 the Hmong people—an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand—were displaced and desperately searched for freedom from persecution. In the late 1970s the first Hmong family stepped foot on American soil as political refugees. “As a result,” J. Tshab Her explains, “I am here today: a first generation Hmong American.” Reclaiming Existence speaks to identity and questions the pressure that comes with belonging to a culture that is living in exile. Like a lobby as a space of constant transition, the Hmong continue to adapt to new environments and create spaces that allow growth. The installation consists of patterns referencing Hmong textiles that will slowly disappear by the end of the semester, which alludes to the impermanence of lived experience. Reclaiming Existence presents an example of the fragility of life, and hopes to mark a place to reclaim the existence of the Hmong people.
J. Tshab Her is a BFA student from the School of Art & Art History.