Reflection and remembrances for those in multiple worlds feels out of focus, out of reach, and yet chaotically beautiful. 1.5 is a sense of feeling, concept, truth, and a tunnel. It’s a reflection of the unspoken boundaries in the past, present and future for the Southeast Asian diaspora. 1.5 describes those who arrived on American soil under the age of 12, their complex and complicated displacement, and the fragments of their memories and dreams.

2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the diaspora from Southeast Asia and a new world we’re stepping into with our storytellers, artists, and healers. SEAD gathered a batch of stories from 1.5 and their descendents on themes of love, labor, and boundaries. We’ll be launching a “1.5” storytelling campaign and art show, as means for moving and shifting the dialogue on our multitude of narratives.


STORIES LIBRARY

Our community shared their stories of being uniquely in-between: of love and loss, isolation and community, survival and prosperity. Read more.

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HAPPENINGS

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ZINE

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ABOUT

The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project (SEAD) in partnership with Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) is proud to present 1.5: A Southeast Asian Diaspora Remix. The exhibition will showcase work by Southeast Asian diaspora artists. As part of reimagining the 45th anniversary of the diaspora, SEAD has gathered stories from the community and worked with artists to respond to stories with visual artworks.

Featured artists are based in the Twin Cities, nationally, and internationally, and include Kat Eng, Van Hai, Sisavanh Houghton, and Chantala Kommanivanh, with additional works by Xee Reiter, Leyen Trang, and Christina Vang. The exhibition will also include works created in collaboration between artists and SEAD. 1.5 is a sense of feeling, concept, truth, and tunnel. It’s a reflection of the unspoken boundaries in the past, present and future for the Southeast Asian diaspora. 1.5 describes those who arrived on American soil under the age of 12, their complex and complicated displacement, and the fragments of their memories and dreams by a handful of selected artists who are either 1.5 or their descendents. The exhibit will be a compelling and complex take on the Southeast Asian diaspora experience; which is fraught with fragments of memories straddling in the grey area between these worlds.

Curated by SEAD Project Founder and Executive Director Chanida Phaengdara Potter in collaboration with the M’s Curator of Exhibitions Laura Joseph and Curatorial Assistant Mia Laufer, 1.5 will include art across media, including painting, sculpture, video, and interactive installation. A zine written by SEAD and community partners will accompany the exhibition.

Leading Artists

Chantala Kommanivanh, Chicago, IL 
Sisavanh Houghton, Nashville, TN
Kat Eng, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN 
Van Hai, Vientiane, Laos

Contributing Artists

Christina Vang, Saint Paul, MN
Leyen Trang, Minneapolis, MN
Xee Reiter, Saint Paul, MN


TEAM

Project, Stories, Media:

Chanida Phaengdara Potter, chanida@theseadproject.org

Exhibition:

Laura Joseph, ljoseph@mmaa.org
Mia Laufer, mlaufer@mmaa.org 

Events, Volunteering, Support:

Katherine Nguyen, katherine@theseadproject.org