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"Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." -- José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia (2009)

Vietnam More
Than Love on the
Horizon Hanoi Remix

Genevieve Erin O'Brien

2016 Video performance of holograms of LGBTQ
Vietnamese in Vietnam
and the diaspora
Duration: 3 min. 28 sec. Courtesy of the artist

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia
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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

b. 1974
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Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

b. 1974
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Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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Vietnam More
Than Love on the
Horizon West Coast Remix

Genevieve Erin O'Brien

2016 Video performance of holograms of LGBTQ
Vietnamese in Vietnam
and the diaspora
Duration: 3 min. 26 sec. Courtesy of the artist

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

b. 1974
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Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

b. 1974
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  • visit website

Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Genevieve Erin O'Brien

b. 1974
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  • See All Works
  • facebook
  • visit website

Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective, and she has worked for Californians for Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program.

She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Claremont Colleges, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including her most recent short film For the Love of Unicorns. O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Department of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest works, More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels, were commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose and New York City. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was recently installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by the Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama. In collaboration with Pigeon Press, she is releasing a limited-edition artist cookbook, Seasonal Ruminations on Love. She will be featured at the Asian American Literature Festival in Washington DC. O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy, working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change.

Her work is also available at the following websites: www.vietnammorethanlove.com and www.sugarrebels.com.

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  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Topaz Burn

Tina Takemoto

2009 Animated film of soy sauce drawing Duration: 1 min. (looped) Courtesy of Tina Takemoto

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Tina Takemoto

Tina Takemoto is a queer fourth-generation Japanese American artist and scholar based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her M.F.A. in visual art from Rutgers University and Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. She is associate professor at California College of the Arts.

Takemoto has presented artwork and performances internationally and has received grants funded by Art Matters, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her film Looking for Jiro (2011) received Best Experimental Film Jury Award at the Austin LGBT International Film Festival.

Her articles appear in Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Afterimage, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, GLQ, Journal of Visual Culture, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and the anthologies Queering Asian American Art, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories and Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center and is co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts.

My work explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality among Japanese Americans imprisoned by the US government during World War II. Depictions of queer wartime history are rare. As a fourth-generation Japanese American, I grew up hearing family stories about camp, but no one ever mentioned same-sex intimacy in the camps. Unlike most gender-segregated prisoners, Japanese Americans were incarcerated by family unit and pressured to conform to heterosexual norms. My work adopts a playful and political approach to Japanese American identity, queer sexuality, and historical memory. Looking for Jiro is a multimedia project inspired by Jiro Onuma, a dandy gay bachelor who admired musclemen and worked in the mess hall while imprisoned at Topaz incarceration camp in Utah. This project imagines how Onuma survived the isolation, humiliation, and heternormativity of imprisonment through animated soy sauce drawings, drag king performance, experimental music video, homoerotic bread making, and the hand-crafted art of “gentleman’s gaman.”

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  • Born: California, USA
  • Based: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Topaz Burn (screen capture)

Tina Takemoto

2009 Screen capture of animated film Courtesy of Tina Takemoto

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Tina Takemoto

Tina Takemoto is a queer fourth-generation Japanese American artist and scholar based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her M.F.A. in visual art from Rutgers University and Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. She is associate professor at California College of the Arts.

Takemoto has presented artwork and performances internationally and has received grants funded by Art Matters, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her film Looking for Jiro (2011) received Best Experimental Film Jury Award at the Austin LGBT International Film Festival.

Her articles appear in Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Afterimage, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, GLQ, Journal of Visual Culture, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and the anthologies Queering Asian American Art, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories and Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center and is co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts.

My work explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality among Japanese Americans imprisoned by the US government during World War II. Depictions of queer wartime history are rare. As a fourth-generation Japanese American, I grew up hearing family stories about camp, but no one ever mentioned same-sex intimacy in the camps. Unlike most gender-segregated prisoners, Japanese Americans were incarcerated by family unit and pressured to conform to heterosexual norms. My work adopts a playful and political approach to Japanese American identity, queer sexuality, and historical memory. Looking for Jiro is a multimedia project inspired by Jiro Onuma, a dandy gay bachelor who admired musclemen and worked in the mess hall while imprisoned at Topaz incarceration camp in Utah. This project imagines how Onuma survived the isolation, humiliation, and heternormativity of imprisonment through animated soy sauce drawings, drag king performance, experimental music video, homoerotic bread making, and the hand-crafted art of “gentleman’s gaman.”

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  • Born: California, USA
  • Based: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Kiam Marcelo Junio

b. 1984
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Kiam Marcelo Junio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working across media, from dance and performance to sculpture, installation, photography, and writing. Their research and art work center around queer identity, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, Western imperialism, and personal and collective healing through collaborative projects and individual self-work. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Defibrillator, Links Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bijou Theater, and the Field Museum, as well as in New York City, NY; Riverside, CA; Mexico City, Mexico; Cadiz, Spain; and Montreal, Canada. They were born in the Philippines and have lived in the US, Japan, and Spain.

The role of the artist, the magician, the prophet, and each individual, is to bring about change in the world through one's own personal transformations, revolutions, and revelations.

As an artist who is also a person of color, an Asian American, a Filipino immigrant, a US Navy veteran, gender-fluid, and decidedly queer, my work exists within these contexts but is not bound by them. I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research and art making. I develop a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways, informing one another. I create photos, installations, videos, and performances. I work collaboratively with local artists, dancers, musicians, and organizers. I foster relationships within my communities and relish in our blossoming. By working with others, we come to know and become more ourselves.

I look towards the future and feel its inertia - the momentum that propels us into infinite uncharted moments, carrying the past forward

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  • Born: Quezon City, Philippines
  • Based: Chicago, IL, USA

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Kiam Marcelo Junio

b. 1984
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Kiam Marcelo Junio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working across media, from dance and performance to sculpture, installation, photography, and writing. Their research and art work center around queer identity, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, Western imperialism, and personal and collective healing through collaborative projects and individual self-work. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Defibrillator, Links Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bijou Theater, and the Field Museum, as well as in New York City, NY; Riverside, CA; Mexico City, Mexico; Cadiz, Spain; and Montreal, Canada. They were born in the Philippines and have lived in the US, Japan, and Spain.

The role of the artist, the magician, the prophet, and each individual, is to bring about change in the world through one's own personal transformations, revolutions, and revelations.

As an artist who is also a person of color, an Asian American, a Filipino immigrant, a US Navy veteran, gender-fluid, and decidedly queer, my work exists within these contexts but is not bound by them. I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research and art making. I develop a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways, informing one another. I create photos, installations, videos, and performances. I work collaboratively with local artists, dancers, musicians, and organizers. I foster relationships within my communities and relish in our blossoming. By working with others, we come to know and become more ourselves.

I look towards the future and feel its inertia - the momentum that propels us into infinite uncharted moments, carrying the past forward

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  • Born: Quezon City, Philippines
  • Based: Chicago, IL, USA

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