Acclaimed artist Anida Yoeu Ali to unleash the Bug in KL

  • Arts
  • Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

Anida's exhibition 'The Buddhist Bug: A Creation Mythology' combines live performance, installation, photography, and video art. Photo: Handout

One of acclaimed Cambodian-born US-based artist Anida Yoeu Ali's provocative works is set to land at Wei-Ling Contemporary in KL this month.

The exhibition The Buddhist Bug: A Creation Mythology combines live performance, installation, photography, and video art.

The Buddhist Bug, which runs between June 19 and Aug 18, probes the issues of displacement and belonging, as it comes from the artist’s personal spiritual and cultural turmoil, as a woman born in Cambodia, who was raised in the US.

Anida, 45, will be in town on June 19 for a performance at the show's opening reception (at 7pm) at Wei-Ling Contemporary.

In this exhibition series, she performs as a creature, evoking Franz Kafka’s famous novel The Metamorphosis (1915) in which the protagonist metamorphoses into a human-sized Bug.

Anida considers the Bug as a displaced creature who travels and wanders amidst the “in-between,” referring to a space that exists between identity and surroundings. Performing The Buddhist Bug in Kuala Lumpur is her first attempt of rediscovering her South-East Asian lineage here.

Born in Battambang, Cambodia, Anida holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Throughout her career, she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, namely in France, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, India, Korea and the Philippines.

The Buddhist Bug project started in 2009 and has since been exhibited internationally with upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland), Haus der Kunst (Munich, Germany) and MAIIAM Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This exhibition at Wei-Ling Contemporary is the most extensive showing of The Buddhist Bug series to date with all elements of the project on view.

In November 2017, Anida performed her work 99 Red Chadors at the launch of the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale at the National Art Gallery.

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