ICA Live! O.M. France Viana: Ube Trade
Friday, May 4, 2018: 7:30- 9:30 PM
Join O.M.France Viana for a night of social artistry and decadent desserts at The UBE TRADE: Exchange a food memory for Filipino ube/purple yam ice cream and sweets.
First there was the Silk Trade, then the Galleon Trade, now comes the Ube Trade. In this food performance event, ICA visitors are invited to exchange a food memory for a dessert made of ube (Also known as purple yam). This tuberous root vegetable is a naturally vivid color that is ubiquitous in Filipino and South East Asian desserts. The ICA Lounge will be transformed into a social site where guests engage in a ritualistic appreciation of food with the artist.
Cosponsored by the Filipino Food Movement and Ramar Foods/Magnolia Ice Cream
O.M. France Viana is a multimedia artist, working in photography, painting, collage, video and installation. Her artworks interrogate the semiotics of color, the inner experiences of meditation and mindfulness, and Filipino American identity as expressed through Radical Hospitality.
She received an MFA in Studio Art and BA from Mills College. Born in Manila, Philippines, she studied art in Switzerland and Spain before moving to California. She founded the Diviana Gallery, the first gallery entirely dedicated to fine art photography in Manila. In the Bay Area, she has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Mills Museum, SOMArts and Embark Gallery and guest curated exhibitions at the Dominican University Gallery.
Active in the Asian American community, she is a former board member of the Center for Asian American Media, current board member of Philippine International Aid, and she received a “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.” award from the Filipina Women’s Network.