Genevieve Erin O’Brien is a Queer Vietnamese/Irish/American artist, culinary adventurer, community organizer, and educator. She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009, O’Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam. O’Brien uses performance, video, and installation to explore notions of “home” and “homeland.” Her conceptual and durational performances, one-woman shows, installations, and videos have been presented at galleries and public venues both nationally and internationally.
O’Brien was a 2014 Armed With A Camera Fellow awarded by Visual Communications in Los Angeles. Her most recent short film “For The Love of Unicorns” is currently making the rounds to a film festival near you. Among other awards and appointments, O’Brien is an inaugural recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation’s Creative Economic Development fund for her project “Meat My Friends.” She is lecturer in Asian American Studies at Claremont Colleges, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara.
The Latest from Genevieve Erin O’Brien
I write this from the plane en route to Hanoi to kick off the Vietnam Arts Incubator program. As with all pre-production, just when you think you have everything together, some things fall apart. I have the most amazing producer on the ground handling the details,...read more
As I gear up for this project in Vietnam, I presented my project proposal to my fellow ZERO1 artists, the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, ZERO1 staff, ZERO1 board members, and expert mentors from the tech field. This was the first...read more
For me, as a Queer Vietnamese American Woman in the diaspora, the issue of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) rights has always been vital to my survival and existence. I have had to navigate my queerness in the context of my identity as an American,...read more