UW Artist-in-Residence Anida Yoeu Ali opens show at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

Ali's exhibit “Hybrid Skin, Mythical Presence” spotlights two of her most striking performances.

Inside an art museum, a statue of a buddha faces a wall of windows, and an orange tube winds its way down the hallway.

Transforming herself into a giant orange bug or by donning a sequined red chador, artist Anida Yoeu Ali asks her viewers to join in her color-filled exploration of identity. This week, the senior artist-in-residence at UW Bothell opens her first solo show at Seattle Asian Art Museum.

The exhibition also marks the first time that SAAM presents a Cambodian American artist. Though Ali primarily bases her work in performance, her museum exhibition “Anida Yoeu Ali: Hybrid Skin, Mythical Presence” focuses on performance installation—with photographs, costume and attire that document and represent her time-based, site-specific work.

At the SAAM show, visitors can interact with a range of Ali’s art from large-scale photographic murals and videos—many of which are produced by Ali’s partner Masahiro Sugano, who is also a senior artist-in-residence at UW Bothell and known for his filmmaking and photography.

The exhibition will run until July 7 and includes two live performances: “The Buddhist Bug” on March 23 and “The Red Chador” on June 1.