Installation view of Threads by Tia Keobounpheng. © Tia Keobounpheng.

Tia Keobounpheng: Revealing Threads

Tia Keobounpheng: Revealing Threads

July 22, 2023 - October 29, 2023
U.S. Bank Gallery
Free Exhibition

A Finnish and Sámi descendent, Keobounpheng uses her artistic practice to recognize her familial connections to both the colonizers and the colonized. “Revealing Threads” will feature her abstract tapestries, influenced by traditional Nordic handwork techniques but infused with contemporary interpretations and symbolism. The results speak to marginalized histories, heritage, and the complexity of personal identity. The works will be informed by a research trip to Sápmi, the traditional land of the Sami people, in fall 2022.

Keobounpheng is a designer/maker and artist living and working in North Minneapolis. She is a recipient of the 2017 and 2020 MN State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant, 2018 McKnight Foundation’s Next Step Fund, and 2022 MN State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant. Her work has been shown at the American Swedish Institute, in Minneapolis; the Finlandia University Gallery, in Hancock, Michigan; the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul; and the Anderson Center, in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her laser-cut jewelry has been sold by design retailers across the country for over a decade.

This exhibition is part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, now located in the U.S. Bank Gallery.

Generous support for MAEP provided by:

Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management.

Installation view of Threads by Tia Keobounpheng. © Tia Keobounpheng.