Kazua Melissa Vang, a Hmong American born and raised in Minnesota, is an artist, photographer, and multi-manager for various productions. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a focus on Photography, Printmaking, and Book Arts. Since receiving her B.A., she has production managed and stage managed for Confession of a Lazy Hmong Woman: The Remix and Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play with Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, and Viva La Soul Power in Chicago with Kaotic Good Productions. Her most two most recent photography work was showcased at In Progress under the exhibit, “Love, Time, Diaspora,” (2014), and “Last Dinner,”(2015), where she took part as an artist and co-developed and curated the theme for the exhibit. Her current major photography project is taking portraits of Hmong refrigerators and freezers from all over the world and collecting stories of food and family. From her collection “F R I D G E S,” featuring fridges from Minnesota, a photograph from her collection was part of the 40th Anniversary We Are Hmong exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.
Besides all the amazing things she’s managing, creating, and thinking, you can find her most of the time at In Progress: getting ideas, teaching, learning, reading romance novels, or watching films and Korean Dramas. She is passionate in the works of pushing Hmong American art/film/stage production forward and is currently managing two films productions that will be release in 2016 and 2017 with the completion of Success That Looks Like Me documentary and The Stranger, with Bird Eyes Vue Production.