by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Don’t go chuckling off just yet, though this curious-looking ‘creature’ looks a bit silly, it actually has deep spiritual roots. The Buddhist Bug Project is the brainchild of Cambodian artist Anida Yoeu Ali, in which she explores her identity as a born and raised Khmer Muslim and a converted Buddhist. The 30 metre saffron-coloured worm-like creature is actually a combination of both faiths: the orang representative of the colour Buddhist monks wear, and the head piece inspired by the Islamic Hijab.

The series was taken in public places in Cambodia, catching the curiosity and bewilderment of unsuspecting passers-by. With the help of photographer Masahiro Sugano, they shot the Bug in different scenarios, usually interacting with items and people around it.

Anida says: ‘meters and meters of textile act as skin, as a way for the surface of my body to extend into public spaces, and as a metaphoric device for stories to spread across an expanse’, Anida says. ‘for me, performance and storytelling become ways of bridging the interior and exterior space of self as well as initiate critical dialogues between communities and institutions’.

Via Beautiful Decay