Nha San Collective - Erin O’Brien


Genevieve Erin O’Brien uses performance, video and installation to explore notions of “home” and “homeland”. As a mixed race child of Vietnamese immigrant mother and an Irish-American father, who was a career diplomat, her sense of home has always been fluid and ever changing. O’Briens art practice is about exploring these disjointed identities that co-exist in her body and this ever-present search for home. More than the emotional and physical sense of home, she is interested in the ways that race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and spirituality shape this construct. Through her work, O’Brien investigates issues such as war and memory, transnational identity and belonging, and multiple identities and its attendant baggage.

O’Brien’s installation, video and performances have been curated and presented internationally. O’Brien was a Fulbright Fellowship recipient for creative arts research in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2009 where she currently lives and works.