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THE BUDDHIST BUG: BETWEEN HERE AND THERE BY ANIDA YOEU ALI

Anida Yoeu Ali
24 – 29 November, 2015
Brightspace Gallery, 8 Martin Street, St Kilda

12 noon to 5pm, outside hours welcome by appointment with Pegasos5

The Buddhist Bug: Between Here and There is an exhibition of artworks by internationally recognised artist, scholar and global agitator, Anida Yoeu Ali. This exhibition of photography and video art follows the presentation of Ali at the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) at QAGOMA.

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 won a Fulbright Fellowship 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 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 The Buddhist Bug: Between Here and There at Brightspace Gallery, 8 Martin Street, St Kilda from 24 – 29 November, 2015.

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.

The exhibition catalogue is available to view here.

Wednesday 25 November: Meet the Artist at 6.30pm at Brightspace Gallery

Join artist Anida Yoeu Ali for a private walk through of her first solo exhibition in Australia. Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the artist about the context and content of her exhibited artworks as well as her broader background as an international performance artist, global agitator and member of Studio Revolt.

Thursday 26 November: Anida Yoeu Ali in Conversation at MPavilion at 1pm, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road. This event is in partnership with Asialink

Join artist Anida Yoeu Ali in the beautiful setting of the MPavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens opposite the Arts Centre. Anida will be in conversation discussing her multi-disciplinary artistic practice, her commissioned work for the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) at QAGOMA, Brisbane, and more broadly discussing contemporary art practice in Cambodia and beyond.  Grab a coffee and/or picnic kit and join this fascinating and illuminating conversation. For details and schedule time, refer to http://www.mpavilion.org/program

23 November – 6 December, Anida Yoeu Ali and Studio Revolt Melbourne Federation Square Big Screen Program

Part of Multicultural Arts Victoria Mapping Melbourne Festival

Daily screenings at Federation Square’s Big Screen showcase 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 screening forms part of the programme for Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Mapping Melbourne Festival. Check FedSquare.com/fedtv/ for daily screening times.

For information and enquiries, please contact Anita Archer at Pegasos5: anita@pegasos5.com

 
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