Set in the circle of the seasons, this piece is a portrait of a farm farmed by Hmong American farmers.
Immersion in the imagery and music embodies the experience of a farmer in the field.
The music is a traditional folk song played with a qeej by Xeng Sue Yang. The musical notes we hear are literally words in Hmong. Titled “The Man Who Went to the Garden,” the song tells a story: As the sun rises, a man goes to the garden. The sun burns down. He sweats all day under the hot sun. When the sun goes down, he walks home.
The video is part of a traveling exhibition titled Seeds of Change that has been organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art.