Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

writer, performer, psychogeographer

Bio & CV

Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary performance artist, writer, and psychogeographer.  She holds a B.A. from Brown University in an independent concentration entitled “Hybridity and Performance” and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Her master’s thesis focused on issues of memory, embodiment, and the politics of space in relation to public art and memorials in the aftermath of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). Her work in performance and video has been presented nationally and internationally. From 2002 to 2008, she directed her own arts organization (a)eromestiza, dedicated to presenting cutting edge video and performance by queer artists of color.  Her writing has been published in Performance Research, Social Justice Journal, shellac,, Antithesis Journal: Sex 2000 and anthologies such as Postcolonial and Queer Theories: Intersections and Essays and Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory / Theorizing the Filipina American Experience. She has received awards from Core77, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, and the National Association for Latino Art and Culture, among others. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford and will be writing her dissertation about queer and feminist presence in San Francisco strip clubs since the 1960s.

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