“Sabai, Sabai” Solo Exhibition June 12th, 2015
After the United States pulled troops out of the Southeast Asian conflict in 1975, many Laotians were scattered across the world as refugees. “Sabai, Sabai” is Kommanivanh’s visual documentation of the Lao American diaspora in Chicago, as 2015, marks their 40th anniversary. His figurative and abstract paintings are a combination of mixed media, oil, and spray paint on traditional canvas that both commemorate and inform viewers about displaced Laotians longing for a place in urban society.
This work is inspired by his family’s migration to Chicago as political refugees, and the struggle with dual identity they shared with many Laotian Americans. Influenced by his hip-hop upbringing, Kommanivanh sampled traditional Lao textile design, and re-presented it by overlapping graffiti marks on top of gestural impressions creating rhythmic dancing pattern.
We hope you could join us welcome Chantala Kommanivanh’s new paintings at Nych Gallery.
The gallery is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 12-7pm and by appointment.
Nych Gallery // 643 w. 18th st. Chicago IL, 60608 // http://www.NychGallery.com