Pao Houa Her


Pao Houa Her was born in 1982 in Laos, and was raised in Saint Paul, MN. She currently lives in Lino Lakes, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities. She received a MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT in 2012 and a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009. Her received a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists in 2013 and was awarded Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2009 and 2012. She also received an Alice Kimball Fellowship in 2012. Her is recognized for her provocative photographs of the Hmong, the indigenous people of Laos who immigrated to the United States following the Vietnam War. Highly personal, Her’s images are not only a narrative extension of her own experience of being born in Laos in 1980 and then fleeing the country with her family at age three, they also sensitively document the larger ethnic Hmong culture that became increasingly established in various locations in the United States in the late 1970s and 1980s.  Artworks, Midway Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis; the Center for Hmong Studies, The Gordon Parks Gallery, and The Bindery Projects in Saint Paul; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan; and Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg. They have also been featured in group shows at the Camera Club of New York; MAIIAM in Chiang Mai, Thailand; the Minnesota Museum of American Art in Saint Paul; Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, TX; and Telemark Kunstsenter in Skien, Norway; as well as in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. She is represented by Bockley Gallery.

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