Via Muslimah Media Watch, Anida Yoeu Ali's "Mistaken for Muslim" is a powerful video that juxtaposes diverse images of Muslims, and the artist herself, with a poem relentlessly detailing xenophobic and Islamaphobic hate crimes in post 9/11 America:
The video won One Chicago, One Nation Online Video Contest's grand prize and is just one segment of the 1700% Project, which uses "art as intervention" to counteract violence against Muslims while fighting the perception that Muslims are somehow monolithic (1700% being the increase in hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since 9/11). Even though video was made this spring, and the poem written earlier, it's frightening how incredibly relevant the project is to today's ugly Islamaphobia. Check out the other 1700% Project projects, including an installation that "made visible" omnipresent hate crimes. (Ironically, this piece was vandalized in May while displayed at the Chicago School of the Art Institute. Ali filed a report and used the incident to create a facilitate a dialog at a performance after the defacement.)
Ali's identity (Khmer Muslim born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago) has always informed her art. She performed with the pan-Asian spoken-word group I Was Born With Two Tongues, and her performance and multimedia pieces have seen international galleries. Keep up with Anida at her blog, Atomic Shogun.
A Poignant Poet: Anida Yoeu Ali and the 1700% Project [Muslimah Media Watch]