Artist Talk: Pao Her And Shana Kaplow

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Artist Talk: Pao Her And Shana Kaplow
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Come hear from local Minnesotan artists Shana Kaplow Pao Her as they discuss their current MAEP exhibitions.

Pao Her’s exhibition of new photographs, "Attention," focuses on the importance of military service to Hmong-American identity. In the 1960s, the CIA enlisted Hmong and Laotian soldiers to fight a secret war alongside the conflict in Vietnam, soldiers the United States still does not recognize as U.S. veterans despite their sacrifices on behalf of the U.S.. The men that Her has photographed, in the tradition of classical paintings of generals, are veterans of that war—excluded from subsidized health services, refused the right to be buried in national cemeteries, and disqualified from wearing U.S.–sanctioned military uniforms and medals.

Here, they stand proudly. These Hmong Army veterans have awarded one another medals based on their oral testimony. Her sees these portraits as neither advocacy nor criticism. The installation magnifies a particular effort in our common hope to be recognized.


Though we connect with friends and family across the world by our voices, texts, and images, Shana Kaplow’s "Near and Far" explores the interconnectivity we share through our things. Kaplow focuses on the common chair to bring our attention to the products that fill our home, and asks whether a community can develop around the global reach of a shared commodity. Using ink on paper to conflate chair designs from both ancient China and modern furninture, Kaplow’s techniques of abstraction and photorealism stress the tension of connecting with the unfamiliar.

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the MAEP Galleries. The event is FREE and open to the public. Both exhibitions are on view from April 16 - June 7, 2015 in the MAEP Galleries
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By: Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

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