Artist Anida Yoeu Ali has created an alternate identity of sorts for herself in an art project/public theater performance she calls Buddhist Bug, which is helping her overcome her religious confliction and bringing a brightly colored worm from Chicago to the streets of her native Cambodia.
The worm's color is similar to that of a Buddhist monk's robe, the head piece is modeled after the Islamic Hijab, and the wormy style is modeled after, what else, a worm!
Here's what Anida has to say about this incredibly colorful living art project:
The Buddhist Bug Project seeks to map a new spiritual and social landscape through its surreal existence amongst ordinary people and everyday environments. The Buddhist Bug (BBug) is a fantastic saffron-colored creature that can span the length of a 30-metre bridge or coil into a small orange ball. Rooted in an autobiographical exploration of identity, the Bug comes from the artist’s own spiritual turmoil between Islam and Buddhism. Set amongst everyday people in ordinary moments, the Bug provokes obvious questions of belonging and displacement.