As part of JavaArts’ new residency program, Anida Yoeu Ali takes up position as the first artist-in-residence at the JavaArts Lab starting April 2. Her residency will run until the end of June leading to her first solo exhibition opening June 27, 2012.
Pictured above: On May 7, 2012 Anida stages an encounter in the cafe. She is interested in creating a “Public Square” space in the midst of everyday activities in order to shift ideas of art making and art viewing from insular spaces of contemplation towards daily moments of engagement. (Photo by Todd Brown)
Anida’s thoughts on her “Public Square” project:
It’s not that I am against the “white cube” gallery spaces but I would like to challenge the elitism of audience they too often attract and their accessibility to the very community and culture they occupy. I would like to challenge this need to remove art/the artist from their homes/studios, everyday life, community settings, public spaces in order to achieve some idea of “cerebral” contemplation or acceptance in a very particular art scene driven by westernization, globalization, and commodification.