by Alicia Eler

Sieng Lee: Siv Yis and His Wooden Horses, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis – March 21-June 23

Sieng Lee is a 1.5.

The St. Paul artist prefers the term “generation 1.5” to capture his experiences as a Hmong-American.

“We are the generation of kids brought here really young, at age 8 and under,” Lee said. “The first-generation immigrants came as teenagers or in their early 20s, so they had both the best and worst of both worlds. We 1.5’ers did not.”

Sorting through that cross-cultural identity inspired Lee’s exhibition “Siv Yis and His Wooden Horses,” which opened Thursday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Reblogged from the Star Tribune

Image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art