Pao Houa Her


Pao Houa Her: My grandfather turned into a tiger

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Feb. 10-April 7
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art, Galleries

Pao Houa Her takes on myth and memory in a new exhibition at Midway Contemporary Art. In an Instagram post, the artist describes a family legend in which her grandfather turned into a tiger after he died during the Vietnam War. He frightened the other villagers, so his wife asked him to leave. Using that story as a starting point, Her’s exhibition demonstrates her understated sense of humor and knack for playing with the unexpected. A Hmong artist who immigrated to the United States from Laos, Her is a wonderful portrait photographer, capturing the subtleties of her subjects’ characters, infusing each image with her provocative, inventive way of seeing the world. This show is a must-see.