Washing Rice

A self-portrait featuring rice being washed. Created using pen, ink, and markers for ArtCrop‘s group exhibition, SIB PAUV ZOG: A Hmong Cultural Harvest.

SIB PAUV ZOG includes the work and stories of Hmong artists and farmers reimagining Hmong existence and making way for new cultural traditions. It is on display at the Hennepin Gallery from December 3, 2018 until January 25, 2019.Reference photograph taken by Hayden Bui with myself modeling.

11/28/18

To Be Real – performance flyer

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I created this flyer for the collaborative performance piece “To Be Real,” created and performed by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and myself. The flyers included a Facebook event banner, a square image for digital sharing, and a printed copy.

“To Be Real” is a performance written by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Tori Hong. Together, Hong and Vongsay performed “To Be Real” on 9/1/18 as a part of the 2018 Our Space Is Spoken For Fellowship. The accompanying zine was put inside lucky red envelopes with $2 bills and given to vendors and customers at the Sun Foods Farmers’ Market in Saint Paul. The performance culminated in a 2-minute movement piece inspired by Frogtown resident Winston Tuan Nguyen and invitation to take off ones’ shoes and come home.

To Be Real

“To Be Real” zine is a collaboration between Tori Hong and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. It is inspired by stories of Frogtown, Vietnam, immigration, war, family, generosity, and joy that Mr. Winston Tuan Nguyen shared with us over McDonald’s and phở.

Hong and Vongsay co-created the concepts for the zine. Hong illustrated and designed the zine. Vongsay wrote the poem.

This zine was a part of a performance — also titled “To Be Real” — that Vongsay and Hong wrote and performed together on 9/1/18 as a part of the 2018 Our Space Is Spoken For Fellowship. The zine was put inside lucky red envelopes with $2 bills and passed out to vendors and customers at the Sun Foods Farmers’ Market in Saint Paul. The performance also incorporated movement and invitation to take off ones’ shoes and come home.