Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Refuge of the InvisibLao: A Visual Essay coming in January, 2015

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lao Diaspora this January by attending a storytelling art and photography exhibit at the Vine Gallery entitled: “Refuge of the InvisibLao: A Visual Essay.” This is one of the first events of its kind in the country

The exhibit will feature the work of acclaimed neo-expressionist Chicago-based artist Chanthala Kommanivanh and past and present portraits of Lao American journeys that were collected by LLOTP Founding Editor, Chanida Phaengdara Potter, and other special guests.

The event welcomes community members, public officials, advocates, scholars, and those interested in immigrant stories from Laos and Southeast Asia.

They're asking many profound questions during this exhibit:
What is your dream after a tumultuous past? After the Laotian Civil War during the Vietnam War era, thousands of Southeast Asians emigrated to the United States, Australia, France and other countries. Thousands more followed as students, merchants, and to simply start new lives. How have the years changed our sense of who we are, who we have been, and who we can be?
During this time, Little Laos on the Prairie will launch its 2015 #BeLaod campaign to promote historically invisible stories of Lao American journeys in the United States.

Stories of displacement, isolation, identity crisis, reflection, hope and happiness are some of the themes that encompass the depth of the path to an American Dream for the Lao Diaspora.

The opening storytelling reception is Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Originals and prints of artwork will be available for sale. All proceeds goes to The Lao Diaspora Project and their collaborators to continue their work.

Exhibition runs January 10-24, 2015. The Vine Arts Center is located at 2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's  the 2nd level of Ivy Arts Building in the Seward neighborhood.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Meeting the Needs of Lao Writers

Laotian American writer Bryan Thao Worra has a new column in the Twin Cities Daily Planet this month discussing Lao legacies, leadership and the literary arts. His core question is "How do we create events that are meaningful for our writers to advance in their skills and to find their audiences?"

His questions are important for Lao American writers in any genre, whether it's poetry, playwriting, prose, or experimental literature, and applies easily to the traditional arts such as storytelling or textile weaving, the visual arts or other forms.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Krysada Panusith Phounsiri poem featured at Little Laos on the Prairie

Photo courtesy of Roxrite

Laotian American poet and interdisciplinary artist Krysada Panusith Phounsiri was featured at Little Laos on the Prairie this week with his poem, "Brother." His very first collection of poetry drops this month through Sahtu Press. Dance Among Elephants is the title and will be around 75 pages, selling for $15. Krysada Panusith Phounsiri is a multitalented artist based in San Diego. His collection is divided into five parts, embracing his love of dance, Laos, and family. This is the only Lao American poetry collection to come out in 2014. We've seen a complete preview and it's pretty awesome. Don't miss it when it comes out!