“The Fruits of My Mother’s Labor”
Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 6-8pm
Pao Houa Her was born in 1980 in Laos and was raised in Saint Paul, MN. She currently lives in Lino Lakes, MN a suburb of the Twin Cities. In 2012, she received a MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT and in 2009 a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her is a 2016-2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship. In 2013, she received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and in 2009, 2012 and 2018, Her was awarded Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
“The Fruits of My Mother’s Labor” is a collection of photographs taken between 2016 and 2018 in and around the home of my parents on the Eastside of Saint Paul. Their 1960s rambler, one block from Lake Phalen, incapsulates their desire for the American dream. Those ideals were transferred to us, their children. These photographs attempt to speak to those dreams and desire.
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