In the Filipino language, “kayumanggi,” is the untranslatable word for Filipino skin color– a deep caramel hue. Kayumanggi is often referred to, but has never been defined. Inviting community participation has always been an important component of my artistic process, and for this exhibition, France Viano photographed hundreds of Bay Area Filipino Americans to collect skin color shades. She then calculated the spectral average color and ordered matching pigments from Golden Paints.
This installation organized by our very own, France Viana, US FWN100 '11, will explore the various meanings of kayumanggi, the connotations of gender, class and race that we load on to a simple color, and how these meanings impact visual perception.
France Viana will be exhibiting at the Mills Museum in the group show, “Uncommon Thread,” together with eight other graduates.
GRADUATION GROUP ART EXHIBITION: "50 Shades of Kayumanggi" installation
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Mills Museum, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
The show will run from April 1-18, 2015
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