Ka Oskar Ly
2024 Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee | $5,000
Weaving in HMong
Ka will lead a research residency at the Hmong Museum (St. Paul) titled Weaving in HMong. This project aims to foster intergenerational participation and dialogue to preserve the collective memory of HMong cultural beliefs. It places particular emphasis on communal practices and ancestral knowledge as essential elements of well-being and sustainability, demonstrated in HMong hemp-making. Reigniting this practice also recognizes the significance of women and genderqueer labor, diverse experiences, and expansive viewpoints that inform broader HMong culture and philosophy. Ka envisions this research as a means to guide future practices, striking a delicate balance between cultural preservation, transformation, and future-making.
Ka Oskar Ly (they/she/nws/nwg) is a queer HMong multidisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Their work delves into the fluid and dynamic nature of culture, deriving strength from their ancestral lineage to empower communities. From conversations to visual installations, Ka practices creative community care, weaving together culture, identity, and imagination to envision more liberated futures for communities. As a co-founder of Ua Si Creative, a HMong artist collective, Ka collaborates to explore innovative approaches for community engagement through co-design, teaching, production, and curation.
Photo by Teeko Yang.
The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.