Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang) is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. Ali’s pioneering poetry work with the critically acclaimed performance group I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003) is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Ali holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ali is the winner of the 2014-2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize for her series The Buddhist Bug, a multidisciplinary work that investigates displacement and identity through humor, absurdity and performance. She has performed and exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, Musée d'art Contemporain Lyon, Malay Heritage Centre, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Karin Weber Gallery Hong Kong, Queensland Art Gallery, and Southeast Asia Arts Fest London. Based in Phnom Penh, Ali is also the co-founder of Studio Revolt, an independent artist-run media lab whose works agitate the White House, won awards at film festivals, and redefines what it means to create sans-studio and trans-nomadically.
The Buddhist Bug
Concept and performance by Anida Yoeu Ali
A project of Studio Revolt