Ker Vang, BA Senior Exhibition in Photography

Hmong Family Culture

December 5 – December 15, 2014
Second Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

The Senior Exhibition in Photography is the culmination of Vang's work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Artist Statement: 
Originating from Laos, the Hmong fought along side the United States until the war was lost. Many families migrated to the United States to escape the hardships of communism, including mine. Here in the United States, preserving our culture and traditions in the face of Western influence is what my family strived to do.

Photography has allowed me to document my family, depicting their lifestyle, maintaining their values, culture, and traditions, and creating a series of images that I hope will continue to live on even when the culture no longer exists.

While these images do not speak for the culture as a whole, I feel my work reflects what I consider a vital part of being Hmong.  Being raised in a traditional Hmong family gives me insight on what being Hmong is like and how it differs from other Hmong families.  These images represent who I am and who my family is.--Ker Vang