Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano
Collaborating partners, Masahiro Sugano & Anida Yoeu Ali of Studio Revolt were in-residence from Nov 6-17, 2019. During their residency, they re-envisioned “The Red Chador” performance series after a year-long disappearance of the work. The performance continues Ali’s thematic interest in using religious aesthetics to provoke ideas of otherness. Together with filmmaker Sugano, they create performances, photos and short films that rebirths "The Red Chador" series across Honolulu.
About "The Red Chador" series
"The Red Chador" is an exploration of using religious aesthetics to provoke ideas of otherness. Cloaked in a red sequin chador or “Muslim” headdress, Anida Yoeu Ali stages public encounters to challenge stereotypes, perceptions and fears of otherness. From April 2015 until November 2017, Ali’s The Red Chador was performed in Paris, Hartford, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur.
Death and Disappearance of "The Red Chador"
In May 2018, Ali announced the loss of her work, "The Red Chador," when it was dubiously lost in transit upon her return to the U.S. from a performance in the Palestinian City of Ramallah in the West Bank. Ali arrived in the U.S. to find that her luggage containing the original costume for "The Red Chador" had been “lost.” Airline officials have not been able to recover the “lost luggage”. "The Red Chador" was last seen in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on December, 2, 2017.