Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist, scholar, and global agitator. She is the 2015 winner of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (the first performance artist and the first Cambodian artist to do so) and currently the 2015-2016 McGill Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies at Trinity College (Connecticut). Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. Ali’s pioneering work with the critically acclaimed group “I Was Born With Two Tongues” (1998-2003) is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She earned her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, a trans-nomadic artist-run media lab. The Studio’s award winning documentary “CAMBODIAN SON” was recently broadcast nationally with PBS.
She has also been interviewed by CNN & BCC.
Anida Yoeu Ali is an alumna of UIUC graduating from the School of Art and Design (Class of 1996). Ali acknowledges her time at UIUC as her formative years in which she came into activism, community, identity politics and the power of the arts to create social change. She spent more of her time with student activism than schoolwork due to her commitment to see the establishment of Asian American Studies and an Asian American Cultural Center. During her four years on the UIUC Campus, her leadership was found within MONSOON fine arts journal, The Asian American Artists Collective, Asiantation, MAASU, Asian Pacific American Coalition, Muslim Student Association and SHAKTI: Asian Women’s Support Group. These “extracurricular” activities combined with her academic studies contributed significantly to her worldview and continued passion in the arts.