Coffee & Conversation with Jade Thiraswas
in conjunction with Young Cash Karen
Join us for coffee and conversation with current Filter Space exhibiting artist Jade Thiraswas. Jade will discuss her exhibition, Young Cash Karen, an ongoing project about a close-knit community of young refugees from Myanmar who have resettled in the United States.
These refugees are Karen (pronounced kuh-ren), an indigenous ethnic minority that has fought a decades long and still ongoing civil war against the Burmese military regime, the Tatmadaw, over the native lands of their people and for their very right to exist. For most or all of their lives, these young men lived in remote refugee camps across the Myanmar border in Thailand, until taking the leap to resettle in the United States. Some came with family members and some came alone. "Young Cash Karen" is the self-chosen name of the brotherhood they have formed together, which they proudly use to express a sense of belonging and solidarity amongst each other and with the global Karen refugee diaspora.
Date: January 20th, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CT
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207