A Note from the Curator
by LIM Wei-Ling
Anida Yoeu Ali, an American, Khmer, Cham, Malaysian artist, fled Cambodia with her family at the age of five to escape the Khmer Rouge. Her interdisciplinary work probes the issues of displacement and belonging. Intersecting performance art, exhibition, and audience engagement, the series comes from the artist’s personal spiritual and cultural turmoil.Created from a sense of play, The Buddhist Bug series utilizes a unique combination of humor and otherness. The series serves as a continuous exploration of Ali’s diasporic identities, as she was raised in the US, where she currently resides.
The artist commented that “The Bug is created as an assertion of paradoxes,” in that the Bug longs for stillness while on a constant journey in search for home. The Bug is both a bridge and an obstacle; the linear body becomes a connector between different cultures, religions and identities – yet it also refers to the artist’s longing and own attempts at reconnecting with her Khmer roots.