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Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, presents new video work in SF, June 15th.

National Queer Arts Festival Press Releases
Latina & Latino Artists Shine at NQAF 2002
Marga Gomez, Carmelita Topicana, Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, Tina D'elia &
QueLACo Fest

(SAN FRANCISCO)--In addition to coproducing headlining Latina artists Marga Gomez and Carmelita Tropicana, QueLACo presents the 12th Annual Queer Latina/o Arts Festival.

Coproduced with QueLACo (the Queer Latino/a Artist Coalition) and the United States of Asian America Festival, 'Cosmic Blood,' by Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa, explores the concept of mestizaje, the Latin American and Filipino term used to describe the race mixture of Spanish and indigenous blood as a result of colonialism, from a perspective informed by history, contemporary culture and racial formation and creative, spiritual speculation about the future. By redefining mestizaje to incorporate mixed race and queer identities that take on countless forms as in the case of multicultural San Francisco, Otalvaro-Hormillosa paints a picture of the revolutionary potential for such subversive, yet fluid identities to dismantle the binaries created by colonial constructs relating to race and gender. Live sound, composed and performed by Melissa Dougherty. Other collaborators include Chris Hill, Bill Sievert, Stuart Port, Lorraine Bautista, Carmen Allure, Heather Cox, Sauntoy Trotter, May Ling Su, emael and Allyn Nobles.

'Cosmic Blood' is on a shared bill with emael's 'The Queerest One of All,' in which the artist introduces performance art direct (pad), an exploration in the dynamics of performance art as it attempts to merge with the larger world.

Saturday, June 15; 8:30 pm at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St @ Octavia, 2nd Floor, Tickets: $15-20 sliding scale.

Tickets for any NQAF event may be purchased online at
www.queerculturalcenter.org, by phone at 415-865-5611, by fax at
415-865-5666, by email at NQAF@aol.com, or in person at the SF LGBT
Community Center: 1800 Market St, Suite Q-31.

'Cosmic Blood' is funded by the San Francisco Cultural Equity Grants Program, the Potrero Nuevo Fund (a program administered by New Langton Arts) and the Zellerbach Family Fund.

More Gigi and 'Cosmic Blood' info: www.devilbunny.org