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Disappearance of the Red Chador: A Eulogy

  • Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Disappearance of the Red Chador: A Eulogy
Performance by Anida Yoeu Ali
Saturday, May 5, 5:30 p.m.


The Red Chador has been missing since her last appearance in Palestine during her tour of several countries including France, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the U.S., among others. A controversial international personality, she has continuously challenged the public with her courageous silent actions of protest including beheading baguettes in Paris and picketing in Hong Kong with signs that read “Ban Me,” “Nasty Woman” and “I am A Muslim.” Last seen in her trademark red sequined chador, her disappearance comes at a particularly charged political moment where world-wide racial profiling, hate and violence against Muslims have increased. Despite the loss, The Red Chador has become a highly visible leader in an era of heightened Islamophobia.


In December 2017, after returning to the US from her last performance in Ramallah, Ali arrived to find that her luggage containing the original costume for The Red Chador had been “lost.” Airline officials have not been able to recover the “lost” luggage. The Red Chador was last seen at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on December 2, 2017. Having received no further information from authorities, Ali believes fowl play contributed to the forced disappearance of The Red Chador. 

On April 6, 2018 Ali publicly announced the death of The Red Chador at the hands of unnamed airline officials. 

In May 2018 artist, Anida Yoeu Ali, will hold a memorial for The Red Chador and her untimely disappearance. The public ceremony will include the delivery of a eulogy, photos and videos, a printed obituary, contributions from the public and a ritual honoring the life and performances of The Red Chador. 

Earlier Event: May 5
Center for Refugee Poetics
Later Event: May 5
25th Anniversary Reception