My name is Karen Thảo La (she/her/hers) and I am a Vietnamese-Canadian artist and cultural producer living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wъ7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ nations (colonially known as Vancouver, Canada) with winding roots and deep connections from Sài Gòn to Cà Mau, Vietnam.
As an artist, I'm informed by personal and collective history and memory in Vietnam and the diaspora - finding meaning in everyday objects and occurrences. I move intuitively between mediums, facilitation, and organizing community events. As a cultural producer, I have worked collaboratively with a care-based management approach over the last 10 years to actualize collective visions from space-making with a residency initiative celebrating Asian artisans to free community-engaged art festivals from Vancouver to Sài Gòn and beyond.
I am committed to continued un/learning and seeking embodied experiences. Since graduating with a BFA in Visual Art and Art History from the University of British Columbia and a Jewellery Art and Design diploma from VCC, I have participated in mentorships, residencies, and workshops across disciplines in North America and Asia. Currently, I am a participant in the peer-led BIPOC Arts Leaders Lab.
In my spare time, you'll find me in a dance class or attempting to play the đàn bầu (gourd zither).