Asia Society Texas Center presents "Super Sarap" opening reception
Asia Society Texas Center unveils a new mixed-media exhibition entitled "Super Sarap," marking a number of firsts for ASTC: the exhibition is the Center’s first to feature Filipino American artists, the first to focus on food, and all four artists are all making their Texas debuts.
In this exhibition, artists Mik Gaspay, Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Charlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana tackle cultural norms and common perceptions of Filipino culinary traditions. Spanning many media - including sculpture, photography, video, neon, and found objects - the exhibition revisits ordinary kitchen objects, ingredients, and dishes common in Filipino cooking.
Viewers are invited to engage with the artists’ interpretations and treatments of rice cookers, decorative forks and spoons, and balikbayan (care packages), as well as ube (purple yam), langka (jackfruit), avocado, banana, guava, tapioca, and halo-halo (an ice cream-based dessert). Though the items are mundane, they are the vehicle through which the artists elicit personal and collective memories and offer cultural connections that go beyond the Philippine diaspora (more than 1 in 10 Filipinos lives outside the Philippines).
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 21.