Forecast Public Art and the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee announced “Sib Pauv Zog: A Hmong Cultural Harvest,” an exhibit in the Hennepin Gallery, 300 S. 6th St., A level, Minneapolis, created by artists from ArtCrop and curated by Oskar Ly.
The exhibit includes the work and stories of Hmong artists and farmers reimagining Hmong existence and making way for new cultural traditions. Featuring items from fridges to recipe diaries, handwoven hemp to handmade couture, the display rethinks where creativity and inspiration live, what makes a cultural practice, and what a harvest can be.
Sib pauv zog refers to the reciprocal exchange of labor that supports the well-being of one another – an utmost responsibility in Hmong culture. Hmong people have always sib pauv zog, having long cultivated mountainous lands to grow their own food. Along with this, they express their identities through various forms of craft making, storytelling and cultural rituals.