Artist Anida Yoeu Ali is the “Buddhist Bug” in a series of photos of her dressed as an orange bug traveling across Cambodia to discover her origins.
A day that goes by without laughing is a lost day. People need to laugh for various reasons. If not for the sake of it, then because it will bring benefits to your health, scientists say.
Here is a noble photo project that will make you laugh despite its original intentions. A Cambodian artist, named Anida Yoeu Ali, is dressing as an orange bug and poses in all kind of day-to-day scenarios, such as eating in a restaurant.
Some viewers are probably wondering why is she doing something like that, as it can be easily seen that bystanders are giving her some weird looks. Nevertheless, she does not care about this, as the artist’s goal is to discover her true spiritual nature.
Artist Anida Yoeu Ali travels across Cambodia dressed as an orange bug
Anida Yoeu Ali’s photo project, called the “Buddhist Bug”, shows an orange bug that is undecided between Buddhism and Islam. These two religions are depicted by the orange bug, which represents the famous robe worn by Buddhist monks, and the hijab, which is something that Muslim women wear on the head.
The artist says that she is aiming to make people question their nativity. All the people in the world will ask themselves where they belong on this Earth and whether or not they have been born in the right place.
Feelings of displacement are sure to pop in one’s head as the images quickly change from the urban areas of Cambodia to the country’s rural landscapes.
The Buddhist Bug Project tells the story of an orange bug torn between Buddhism and Islam
The Buddhist Bug is often referred to as the BBug, a creature whose length can reach 30 meters. However, it can also become a saffron-flavored ball, as it tries to adjust to the surroundings.
Cambodia’s orange creature wants to explore its identity, while also discovering more about Buddhism and Islam. The project is inspired by Anida Yoeu Ali’s own struggles to learn more about her country and the cultures she has encountered along the way.
She did not do this by herself, as photographer Masahiro Sugano is responsible for capturing these great images. The photographer is also a member of Studio Revolt and together they have managed to exhibit this amazing creation at the Java Gallery in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh.
The project can be found at the Philanthropic Museum website.