ANIDA YOEU ALI
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 artistic works have been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Art Matters Foundation and the Tacoma Arts Commission. Ali’s pioneering poetry work with the critically acclaimed performance group I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003) is archived with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. 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.