Monday, April 29, 2013

Genevieve Erin O'Brien

On March 26th, at 6pm, Genevieve Erin O'Brien gave a talk about her experience and her work as a performance artist. O'Brien is a Vietnamese-Irish-American artist who heavily identifies with each of her cultures. She likes to express her heritage through her artwork. One of her pieces was called "Astounding Race" and was about the idea that we only think of Vietnam as a war rather than a country. She had joe paper with her, and went to public areas where she silently asked people to write down what they think about Vietnam. A lot of the responses were about war, which was an astonishing finding. Another performance work she did was called Peace Salon, in which she asked for volunteers to come and she would shave their head for peace. This was a very powerful piece that reflected not only people's personal struggles, but also the bigger picture of peace.
The talk was very interesting and let me see a who new type of art.

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