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PHASAO LAO

b. 1948, Laos
LIVEs and work in luang prabang, laos

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists PHASAO LAO

History, 2013–2015

Cotton fabric appliqué on cotton fabric (5 pieces)
118 × 107 cm (each)
Collection of the Artist

Lao and Siong are a husband-and-wife couple of Hmong ethnicity, who produce textile artworks that speak about universal concepts of genealogy, movement and migration, and symbolism and representation. Lao’s History series is a rudimentary chronicle of his Hmong clan. Each panel includes a black border of motifs that symbolise ‘spirits’, and an outline of different ancestors or leaders in red, the colour of strength and courage.