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Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton - Secret War in Laos, UXO

Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton
Laotian Diaspora, acrylic on eight boards, 16' x 8'

March 5, 2018 ­ Aug. 27, 2018

Ticketing Lobby South

"Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton is one of the first professional Lao

American visual artists and educators of her generation. Over 5,400 Lao refugees resettled in Kansas in the aftermath of the Laotian Civil War that ended in 1975. Through her powerful acrylic work, she confronts the challenges of bicultural memory and documentation. She considers notions of the abstract and the concrete for those who must remember both their inner and external histories in a diaspora framed by secrecy and loss. Her work probes what is shared, what is felt, and what must remain deeply personal among the lessons passed on to the next generation as it heals and rebuilds."

Statement by: Brian Thao Worra, poet, writer, curator and advocator for the Laotian community.


About Secret War on Laos: UXO

This body of work is inspired by the organization Legacies of War

( Their mission statement "is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, to provide a space for healing the wounds of war and to create greater hope for a future of peace." As a refugee, the process of connecting and disconnecting with a place or community are abstracted ideas of migration as an immigrant. The collage and painting process is unpredictable and is an ongoing dialogue about assimilating and relocating into another culture and space. The works capture and embrace architecture and built environment in its state of flux.

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