Executive Order 99: Make More Controversial Art! with Anida Yoeu Ali
Date: Tuesday, May 2nd
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: UW1-280 (Rose Room)
No RSVP required. Free and open to the public.
Artist, scholar and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali will present a hybrid performance/talk and visual experience on themes of transnationalism, otherness, and exiled bodies. Her latest work The Red Chador unapologetically steps directly into the face of Islamophobia whether it’s on the streets of Paris after the Charlie Hebdo killings or on the collegiate playgrounds of wealthy Trump voters. No stranger to controversy, Ali’s artworks have agitated the White House, been attacked by anonymous vandals, and censored by Vietnam’s culture police. Through her media lab, Studio Revolt, Ali will also discuss her works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Cambodian American experience. She is actively engaged in international dialogues, community activism, and artistic resistance to multiple sites of oppression. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work that provocatively considers the diasporic past and present contours of hybrid identities. Her work upholds her lifelong belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation.
This presentation is part of IAS' 3 talk series Research Colloqium. For more information please click HERE>>
Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang) is an artist whose works span performance, installation, new media, 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 artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. 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. Ali 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, and Queensland Art Gallery. Her upcoming commission of “The Red Chador: Brigade of 99” for the 2017 OzAsia Festival in Adelaide envisions a public participatory performance where members of the Australian community march the city’s streets in solidarity with Muslim women, as an army of peace, dressed in 99 sequined cladded chadors. Her artistic works have been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. 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. Currently based in Tacoma, 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. Ali holds an MFA from School of the Art Institute Chicago (2010) and a BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998). Ali currently serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington, Bothell where she teaches courses in Interdisciplinary Arts, Global Studies and American & Ethnic Studies.