MAIL ORDER BRIDES/M.O.B.
For over 15 years, Reanne “Immaculata” Estrada, Eliza “Neneng” Barrios, and Jenifer “Baby” Wofford have worked collaboratively as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a trio of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing conversation with culture, race and gender. While other mail order brides are conventionally perceived as ideal obedient domestics, it has not escaped this trio’s attention that, acronymically speaking, “Mail Order Brides” abbreviates down to a more sinister sequence of initials that informs the darker subtext of their operations.
They have taken matters into their own well-manicured hands, using their innate graciousness, guile, and great fashion sense to gently pry open the eyes of the closed-minded. They have enforced this enlightenment through a cornucopia of clever creations, including karaoke videos, museum makeovers, photographic psychodramas, parade performances, public service posters, and professional bridesmaid services.
M.O.B. “hits” have included the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), the San Jose Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art (San Jose, CA), McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC), Green Papaya Art Projects (Manila, Philippines), and the Oakland Lunar New Year Parade. Their video screenings include the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the New York Mix Festival and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
They are committed to making the world a more delicious and harmonious place.