John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

To support Cloth as Land: Hmong Indigeneity at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC). Cloth as Land is a multi-pronged project that includes an exhibition and a convening of Hmong artists, scholars, and community members. The exhibition—part of “Making Kin,” the 2023 programming theme of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center—is guest curated by Pachia Lucy Vang, a leader in the Hmong arts community and an emerging curator based in California. This project is part of JMKAC’s longstanding commitment to the local Hmong community in the Sheboygan area (over 10% of the city’s current residents are of Hmong descent), which first took root in the 1980s. Through this exhibition, Vang presents how a sense of loss and longing for “teb chaws”—earth, country, and land—is embedded within traditions of textile arts that have been passed from generation to generation. An audio guide, along with video interviews in Hmong and English, accompanies the exhibition.

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