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Mapping Melbourne: ANIDA YOEU ALI and STUDIO REVOLT
November 23, 2015 - December 6, 2015FREE
A showcase of award winning video artworks by Phnom Penh’s collaborative media lab Studio Revolt. Internationally recognised performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano combine narratives, poetry, dance and music to illustrate and illuminate contemporary Cambodia and beyond. This is part of the Public Program accompanying Anida Yoeu Ali ‘Buddhist Bug’ exhibition at Brightspace, St Kilda (24–29 Nov). Presented by Pegasos5.
Cambodian born artist Anida Yoeu Ali commenced the Buddhist Bug Project in 2009 as part of her MFA whilst living in the USA. The multi-disciplinary project combining live performance, installation, video and photography expanded materially and conceptually when Ali was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to Cambodia in 2011. Buddhist Bug refers to an organic, metamorphic, accordion form that Ali inhabits and uses as the framework from which to explore issues of race, religion, gender and place. As a first generation Khmer-American Muslim Cham woman fascinated by Buddhism, Ali uses the Bug to investigate the complexities presented by a hybrid transnational identity. The Bug interacts with locals and passersby to empathise, challenge and provoke as it transits and occupies urban and rural landscapes. Its tunnel or bridge like structure hints at connecting the displaced and divided.
Ali is an artist, scholar and global agitator. She is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art prize and currently the 2015-2016 McGill Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford CT, USA. Ali’s works have been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Musée d’art Contemporain in Lyon, Southeast Asia ArtsFest in London, Malay Heritage Centre, and Singapore International Photography Festival. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, a trans-nomadic artist-run media lab whose controversial works on deportation have caused White House interns to be fired.
Ali has been commissioned to produce a video work for the 2015 Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA, Brisbane. Photographic stills from this video along with earlier generation works from the Buddhist Bug series will be presented by Pegasos5 in the exhibition ‘Here, there and in-between: Anida Yoeu Ali’s Buddhist Bug Project’ at Brightspace Gallery, 8 Martin Street, St Kilda from 24 – 29 November, 2015.
Image: Anida Yoeu Ali, Oxcart Grazing (from the Buddhist Bug Project), 2014, digital colour print, courtesy of Studio Revolt and Pegaos5.
ANIDA YOEU ALI and STUDIO REVOLT is part of Mapping Melbourne 2015, a four day showcase of independent contemporary artists exploring the theme of Asia across art, craftivism, dance, live art, multimedia, music, performance and theatre from 2-5 December 2015 across the City of Melbourne. #mappingmelbourne