Anida Yoeu Ali
Anida Yoeu Ali is a performance artist, educator and global agitator 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 often drawing upon her Malay, Cham, Khmer and Thai ancestries. Ali’s works have been acquired into public and private collections and globally exhibited including at the Haus der Kunst, Palais de Tokyo, Shangri-La Museum, The Smithsonian and the QAGOMA. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute Chicago. Ali serves as a Senior Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington Bothell and travels between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S.
Stateless Mind #5
Duration: 30 mins
In this performance, the artist enacts a ritual Muslim washing called the “wudu” but instead of using water, she washes herself in blood. Wudu is an Islamic ablution. It’s a ritual washing of one’s body parts before Muslims make their daily prayers. The only other time Muslims observe a ritual washing is when Muslims bury their dead in which family members carefully wash the body of the decease. Anida Yoeu Ali typically performs “wash” in moments of great violence and upheaval and especially when the Muslim ummah (community) is facing harm, trauma and threat.
Laterland’ interferes with public spaces. Topics of migration, loss of legacy, heritage and manifestation for freedom of speech.