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Buddhist Bug
Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

“The Buddhist Bug inhabits a space with so much warmth, wonder and mystery, while at the same time drawing on deep symbolism to ask questions of religious and cultural belonging.”

—Todd Jannausch, co-founder of Tacoma’s Feast Arts Center, where Anida Yoeu Ali’s The Buddhist Bug: Familiar Still. is on view through Nov. 11. During the exhibit’s opening on Oct. 14, Ali performed a six-hour durational piece as a 40-meter, saffron-orange Bug, described in her artist statement as “a creation inspired by two threads: (1) a personal inability to reconcile my fascination with Buddhism alongside my upbringing as a Khmer Muslim woman and (2) an attempt to capture a quickly changing Cambodian urban and rural landscape.”