Anida Yoeu Ali – S.E.A. Focus

Anida Yoeu Ali

Cambodia / Wei-Ling Gallery

Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang) is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first-generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for over three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship researching creation mythologies in contemporary Khmer performance.

Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual, and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Her pioneering work with the critically acclaimed group I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003) is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library. Her latest work The Red Chador (2015-2017) unapologetically stares into the face of Islamophobia whether it’s on the streets of Paris after the Charlie Hebdo killings or on the collegiate U.S. playgrounds of wealthy Trump voters. Unfortunately in 2017, the original garment of The Red Chador (last performed at the Kuala Lumpur Biennale) was confiscated by Israeli airline officials, marking the death of the performance project. No stranger to controversy, Ali’s artworks have agitated the White House (My Asian Americana, 2011 & Return to Sender, 2012), been attacked by anonymous vandals (1700% Project, 2010), and censored by Vietnam’s “culture” police (Pushing Thru Borders, 2003).