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Director Masahiro Sugano Tours US/Canada with “CAMBODIAN SON” //Mar 15 – May 5, 2014

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DEPORTED TO A THEATER NEAR YOU

A cinematic journey into deportation and filmmaking in Cambodia

View Trailer of “Cambodian Son” Here

Director Masahiro Sugano of Studio Revolt embarks on a special North American educational/promotional tour of “Cambodian Son,” his new feature documentary that follows the journey of an exiled American spoken word poet, Kosal Khiev, from the streets of Phnom Penh to the stages of London during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Issues Addressed in “CAMBODIAN SON”:
Kosal Khiev’s story featured in the film “CAMBODIAN SON” brings to light multiple, intersecting issues including immigration and deportation, incarceration, juvenile justice, art as integral to healing and full human development, and so much more.  The film arrives at a time when Americans are in the midst of a fierce battle for humane immigration reform, and this documentary can be a vehicle to have deeper discussions, build consciousness about the experiences of immigrants from Asian America, and make connections between these experiences with other immigrant and refugee communities in the US.

Tour Dates: March 15 – May 5, 2014  (Screening schedule TBD)
San Francisco
Seattle
Los Angeles
Chicago
New York
Philadelphia

All I hope now is that you watch this film and walk away feeling something you never felt before about some people you never thought you would come to know. It is only through your tears and inspiration that we can begin to make an impact in this world that is cruel but always generous to those who persevere.”
— Masahiro Sugano, filmmaker

Watch the extended trailer of CAMBODIAN SON “Cambodian Son” here:

BOOK TODAY! THIS IS A SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL PREVIEW TOUR OF “CAMBODIAN SON” WITH DIRECTOR MASAHIRO SUGANO.

Contact: Anida Yoeu Ali   studiorevoltmedia[at]gmail[dot]com

 

Studio Revolt Montage#1

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Watch a snippet of what our studio has created both in the US and Cambodia “Studio Revolt Montage#1” here:

The Buddhist Bug Project at Art Stage Singapore 2014

Anida Yoeu Ali’s “The Buddhist Bug Project” made some good noise at the annual art fair ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2014 held from Jan 16 – 19, 2014. I was honored to be there on behalf of JavaArts Gallery here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The BBug definitely made a great impact at Art Stage with hundreds if not thousands of people stopping by and taking a double look. Additionally, The BBug received great press and attention through Art Stage and its media partners.

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Anida Yoeu Ali on Hong Kong Tour – Sept 2013

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Anida Yoeu Ali is headed to Hong Kong on a Speaking Tour

Schedule of Events:

Wed. Sept 18, 2013*
1:45 – 2:30pm – Singapore International School of Hong Kong
Address: 2 Police School Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
(* only event not open to the public)

Wed. Sept 18, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm : City University of Hong Kong
Address: M5050, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre,
City University of Hong Kong

Performance/Presentation:
Artist, Writer and Global Agitator Anida Yoeu Ali presents her talk and work in “Generation Return: Art & Justice Post-Genocide and Post-War-on-Terrorism.” Ms. Ali will discuss her works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Diaspora experience, inside and outside of Cambodia.

Presented by: Department of English, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

TEL +852 3442 8870
For more info contact english@cityu.edu.hk or visit City U’s website

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Thursday, Sept 19, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm: Karin Weber Gallery Artist Talk

Karin Weber Gallery
Address: Ground Floor, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2544 5004, www.karinwebergallery.com

Transcending the Ordinary: Between Rural/Urban and Public/Private
Artist Talk with Anida Yoeu Ali

Anida Yoeu Ali will speak about her process and conceptual frameworks behind some of her most ambitious works created in Cambodia. From the use of religious aesthetics to durational public performances, her works push the performative moment into a public sphere often intervening and juxtaposing next to the private lives of ordinary Cambodians. With particular focus on issues of diasporic identity, Ali’s thematic interest in hybridity, transcendence, and otherness are approaches to mapping new political and spiritual landscapes.

Anida Yoeu Ali’s “Enter” series was recently exhibited at Karin Weber Gallery as part of “Site/Cambodia” in July 2013.

 

Artist Bio:
Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist and scholar whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she currently resides. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. Her pioneering work with the critically acclaimed group “I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003)” is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Center for Asian American Media. Her artworks have been exhibited in Chicago, NYC, Phnom Penh, Los Angeles, Siem Reap, Singapore, and most recently in Hong Kong at the Karin Weber Gallery. She earned her B.F.A. from University of Illinois and an M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute Chicago. For further details about her work and process, visit www.studio-revolt.com.

 

 

Night of Revolt 3: A Studio Revolt Fundraiser & Screening Event in Phnom Penh

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Night of Revolt 3: A Studio Revolt Fundraiser & Screening Event
7pm – 9pm
$10 Donation
(or pay what you can)

Meta House
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

This fundraiser event seeks to unite the Phnom Penh community to give for a good cause— for poetry, for film, for art’s sake and for people’s sake. Scheduled on the evening before Kosal Khiev reunites with his long lost father in France, this fundraiser seeks to raise the remaining funds needed to finish the film.

Come and enjoy an evening of art, poetry and films for a great cause!

Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev, and Masahiro Sugano will share poetry, clips from “Cambodian Son” and shorts from Studio Revolt. If you know anything about our reputation, then you know we do nothing but excellent work. Don’t miss this event.

In true Studio Revolt style, no one will be turned away and no donation is too small.

If you’ve already donated, no need to contribute further just come on over. If you missed your chance to contribute to the recent IndieGoGo campaign then stop by and give your donation. Whether you have 2000riel or $10, come and see what the fuss is all about.

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Since their launch in 2011 Studio Revolt, a collaborative media lab, has become a prominent presence in Cambodia’s contemporary art scene. The media lab serves as a collaborative space for performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano.  Together their works open up possibilities for people to exist outside of conventional narratives. Studio Revolt takes it a step further by urging viewers to become participants and stake their claim in this world. With scarce resources and no institutional arts support, Studio Revolt is developing a documentary film project. Cambodian Son is a film that follows the journey of an exiled American spoken word poet, Kosal Khiev, from the streets of Phnom Penh to the stages of London during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

 

Support our Indiegogo Campaign to Complete our Documentary Film “Cambodian Son”

Support our Indiegogo Campaign to Complete our Documentary Film “Cambodian Son”

Read more about our Indiegogo Campaign here. Contribute by Friday May 24, 2013.

 

Watch the extended trailer of the upcoming documentary “Cambodian Son” here:

Tour Ends in NYC w/Generation Return: Version 1.5 – Friday April 26, 2013

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, free Dimensional, and Studio Revolt present
Generation Return: Version 1.5

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A Community Concert and Forum on Art + Justice in the Cambodian Diaspora

Featuring: Hip Hop, R&B Music, Spoken Word and Video Screenings
By Bochan, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev & Studio Revolt

Friday April 26, 2013, 8pm-11pm

Project Reach NYC (in Chinatown)
39 Eldridge St, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10002
http://m.google.com/u/m/B1GPco
Sliding Scale: $5-$10 donation or pay what you can

More Info here:

Generation Return: Version 1.5 is an evening of spoken word, hip-hop, and video screenings featuring urban voices from Phnom Penh to NYC. The line up includes performances by Bochan Huy, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev, and video selections by Studio Revolt. This event highlights artistic practice as a means to address issues of collective legacy and contemporary justice. Featured Cambodian American artists are actively engaged in international dialogues and community activism through art. The event title is a reference to the “1.5 Generation”, individuals who either “came of age” under the Khmer Rouge or were born in refugee camps. As products of war and as intergenerational witnesses to genocide, 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists have been on the frontlines of capturing the traumatic past and pushing for international justice.

A Moderated community discussion on justice and the Cambodian American community to follow with Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials and 1Love Movement

Community Co-sponsors: 1Love movement, 391 Films/KlapYaHandz, Anvaya, Cambodian Town Film Festival, Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Mekong NYC, The Orphanage Productions, Red Scarf Revolution, Tiny Toones

Featured Artist Bios:

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for over three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship.  Her 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 is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she currently resides.

Bochan Huy has dedicated her life to spearheading and continuing to sow the seeds of the Neo-Cambodian musical breakout movement. By collaborating with adept pianist and producer, Arlen Hart, Bochan effortlessly bridges the East West gap with an inimitable, soulful yet sweet indie-pop vibe. She authentically draws on her dual country upbringing; combining influences from the ultra urban Oakland scene, coupled with her deep rooted Cambodian inspiration and fellowship, to create her infectious new sound.

praCh Ly is an internationally renown, critically acclaim, award winning artist. His debut album is the first #1 rap album in Cambodia. Newsweek proclaim him as “the first Cambodian rap star”. Through masterful lyrics of powerful rap music, his music not only entertains but also educates. He lectures and headlines events in prestigious institutions and Ivy League universities, from the Smithsonian in DC, to the International ‘Freedom to Write’ festival at BROWN to the Scholars at Risk at HARVARD.

Kosal Khiev is an exiled poet, tattoo artist, and survivor of the US prison system. Born in a Thai refugee camp, Kosal’s family fled to the U.S in 1981. Upon release in 2011, the U.S. government deported him to Cambodia, a country he had never been. Since his arrival, he has taken the urban arts scene by storm, using spoken word to uplift his situation with compelling performances at open mics, universities, and public stages. Kosal was selected as the poet to represent Cambodia at the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad. Kosal continues to collaborate as an artist-in-residence with Studio Revolt on projects such as “Verses in Exile” his upcoming webisode series and the documentary “Cambodian Son” about his first year living in exile in Cambodia.

Dr. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is Associate Professor in English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut (Storrs).  She is currently the Director for the UConn Asian American Studies Institute and is the author of two monographs:  Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice:  Cambodian American Memory Work (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press, 2012). She also has published work in Life WritingModern Language Studies, MELUSpositions, and American Literary History. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American literary studies, Southeast Asian American studies, cultural studies, refugee narratives, human rights, and immigrant literature.

The event is presented by the following organizations:

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU brings together accomplished scholars, community builders, and artists from New York City and beyond in interactive forums, reflection, and new research. www.apa.nyu.edu

freeDimensional is an international network of art spaces and human rights organizations that provide critical support to culture workers who find themselves in situations of danger as a result of their creative practice. Since 2005, fD has come to the aid of over 150 activists – visual artists, journalists, musicians, performers, writers and community organizers – from more than 35 countries. Based on the belief that creative expression fuels social justice movements, freeDimensional works with the global arts community to identify and redistribute resources, and support meaningful relationships between art spaces and activists.

Studio Revolt is an independent artist run media lab that produces films, videos, installations and performance projects in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The media lab serves as a collaborative space for performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. Since their arrival in 2011, Studio Revolt has become a prominent presence in the contemporary arts scene of Phnom Penh showcasing their works in public screenings, exhibitions, and public art projects.


Joining us for the community forum to follow the concert are organizers from 1Love:

1Love MovementBorn out of a detention and deportation crisis in the Cambodian American community in Philadelphia in 2010, 1Love Movement now exists a national network of grassroots Asian American organizers that unite our communities through leadership development, policy advocacy and political education. We organize for power in our unjust deportation and prison systems, so our families can live together with dignity. 

 

 

From Cambodia to NYC: Art in the Diaspora // April 24 – 28, 2013

These are the three events Anida Yoeu Ali conceived for NYC:

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From Cambodia to NYC: Art in The Diaspora
Wed April 24 – “Legacy of Now” Panel Discussion & Reception – A/P/A Institute at NYU (NYC)
Fri April 26 – “Generation Return: Version 1.5” – Project Reach (Chinatown)
Sat April 27 – “1975” Art Exhibition – TOPAZ ARTS  (Woodside, NY)

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Wednesday April 24, 2013, 6pm-9pm
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, in partnership with Season of Cambodia, an Initiative of Cambodian Living Arts presents

Legacy of Now

A Roundtable Discussion and Reception 

Curated & Moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali
Featuring Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, Pete Pin, and Prumsodun Ok

LOCATION:
A/P/A Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY

Details Here: http://www.apa.nyu.edu/
Please RSVP Here 

Description
In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas. Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan.

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Friday April 26, 2013, 8pm-11pm
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, free Dimensional, and Studio Revolt present

Generation Return: Version 1.5

A Community Concert and Forum
on Art + Justice in the Cambodian Diaspora

Featuring: Hip Hop, R&B Music, Spoken Word and Video Screenings

By Bochan, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev & Studio Revolt

Location:
Project Reach NYC (in Chinatown)
39 Eldridge St, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10002
http://m.google.com/u/m/B1GPco

Sliding Scale: $5-$10 donation or pay what you can
More Info here: http://studio-revolt.com/?p=1090
or  here: http://www.nyu-apastudies.org/2012/event/generation-return-version-1-5/

Generation Return: Version 1.5 is an evening of spoken word, hip-hop, and video screenings featuring urban voices from Phnom Penh to NYC. The line up includes performances by Bochan Huy, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev, and video selections by Studio Revolt. This event highlights artistic practice as a means to address issues of collective legacy and contemporary justice. Featured Cambodian American artists are actively engaged in international dialogues and community activism through art. The event title is a reference to the “1.5 Generation”, individuals who either “came of age” under the Khmer Rouge or were born in refugee camps. As products of war and as intergenerational witnesses to genocide, 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists have been on the frontlines of capturing the traumatic past and pushing for international justice.

A Moderated community discussion on justice and the Cambodian American community to follow with Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials and 1Love Movement

Community Co-sponsors: 1Love movement, 391 Films/KlapYaHandz, Anvaya, Cambodian Town Film Festival, Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Mekong NYC, The Orphanage Productions, Red Scarf Revolution, Tiny Toones

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1975

Art Exhibition of Cambodian Diasporic Women
Curated by Chương-Đài Võ,
Featuring Works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, & LinDa Saphan,

Saturday April 27, 2013, 6pm-8pm

TOPAZ ARTS
55-03 39th Avenue

Woodside, NY 11377
Event Title: 1975

Opening reception: April 27, 2013, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition Dates: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm
Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377

1975 is an exhibition curated by Chương-Đài Võ, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan. Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Sanford’s video and photographs share a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and Saphan’s drawings of current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there. This exhibition is presented by TOPAZ ARTS, Inc., with funds from NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Puffin Foundation, and numerous individual donors.

Details Here: http://www.topazarts.org/visual-arts/

 

Kosal Khiev finds his long lost father on Facebook

On March 26, 2013, a random person from France messages Kosal Khiev on FB. She turns out to be his half sister whom he never knew existed before this moment. Stay tuned because the documentary “Cambodian Son” is still in the works.

Anida Yoeu Ali will exhibit with Amy Lee Sanford and LinDa Saphan in New York City

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1975

Anida Yoeu Ali | Amy Lee Sanford | LinDa Saphan
Curated by Chuong-Dai Vo
On view April 27 to May 26, 2013
Opening reception: Sat, April 27, 2013, 6-8pm
Viewing hours are Saturdays 12–4pm or by request at info[at]topazarts[dot]or
Location: TOPAZ ARTS, 55-03 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377

This group exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian women artists whose works exemplify the dynamic contemporary art scene in Phnom Penh: Anida Yoeu Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Amy Lee Sanford’s video and photographs share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there.

We are currently fundraising to help support costs for this upcoming exhibition. Please consider contributing to our  Kickstarter Campaign which ends on April 17, 2013