Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, Ph.D. is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary performance artist-scholar, writer, and psychogeographer. She is the recipient of the first-ever Stanford University Theater & Performance Studies Department Carl Weber Prize for Integration of Creative Practice and Scholarly Research for her doctoral work and dissertation entitled Erotic Resistance: Performance, Art, and Activism, in San Francisco Strip Clubs, 1960s-2010s. Her M.A. thesis (California College of the Arts), Embodying Spaces: Memory and Resistance in the Aftermath of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983), focused on cultural memory, embodiment, and the politics of space in relation to human rights activism, public art, and memorials in the aftermath of the dictatorship. Recent and upcoming publications include Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (UC Press), Open Space (SFMOMA), Art Practical, Performance Research, and Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience, among others. Her work in performance and video has been presented nationally and internationally. She currently serves as Associate Director of Stanford University’s Division of Health and Human Performance where she leads and teaches in the LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning. More info at (photo credit: Heather Cox).

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