Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist who works across video, performance and installation. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society – the alienation and belonging in a globalised world.

Conflations between authenticity, mimicry, natural, man-made, historical and anachronistic are important to the work. To this end, Lim finds inspiration in sites and objects that are both ‘contemporary’ and ‘out of time’, embodied and virtual. Model homes, suburban sprawl, CCTV, online chat rooms, fake food, historical parks and the Australian landscape have all featured in the work. Counterpoint to these sites, Lim has performed the identities of Japanese hikikomori; a Bowie-eyed rock star; the cannibal Issei Sagawa; a suburban beautician; Miranda from Picnic at Hanging Rock and currently, a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’. This dialogue between place and performance reflects the push-pull between Australian and Asian, the mono and the multicultural.

Lim’s work has been exhibited, performed and screened locally and internationally at venues, festivals and fairs that include: Tate Modern, ACCA, GOMA, ACMI, HUN Gallery NY, Next Wave, FACT Liverpool, 24HR Art (Darwin), Substation (Singapore), Schoolhouse Studios, Experimenta, Sydney Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Melbourne Festival, ACAF (Shanghai), TINA, Dark MOFO, Bus Projects, West Space and MPavilion.

She has received a number of Australia Council for the Arts grants and residencies, including a residency at the Experimental Television Centre NY and exchange at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 2016, Lim undertook a residency at Bundanon Trust; at the studio of Shen Shaomin as a 4A Beijing Studio resident; and was artist-in-residence with the Robin Boyd Foundation. In 2018-20, Lim is an Artist-in-Residence with Gertrude Contemporary. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections.

Collaboration, artistic community and the intersection between art and society informs her practice: in addition to her solo work, she co-directed the inaugural Channels Festival, was the founding editor of Assemble Papers and co-founded Tape Projects. Lim is the co-writer and host of Video Becomes Us, an artist-made ABC iView series on video art. She is a tutor at the Victorian College of the Arts and is the co-director (with Mish Grigor and Lara Thoms) of APHIDS, a 25-year-old experimental artistic company based in Melbourne.

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18 May – 31 July 2019

Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown, NSW 2560

The dissemination of information has never been easier. The ability to speak and to be heard is increasing with the evolution of technologies and alternative information platforms that are in consistent negotiation with power in all its forms – for better and for worse. Featuring newly commissioned works by artists Richard Bell, Louisa Bufardeci, Kuba Dorabialski, Deborah Kelly, Eugenia Lim, Make or Break, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Sarah Rodigari, Abdullah MI Syed and Lara Thoms. Curated by Adam Porter and Michael Dagostino.

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Limited 120pp edition catalogue out now

Published by 4A Centre for Contemporary Art and Museums and Galleries of New South Wales
AU $18.00
ISBN 978-0-6485066-0-7

To mark the exhibition EUGENIA LIM: THE AMBASSADOR, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums and Galleries of NSW have released a limited edition softcover catalogue. Featuring writing by Natalie King and Mikala Tai and photos by Zan Wimberley and Tom Ross, the book is the first major publication on Eugenia Lim’s work. Designed by Mick Boston, D.A.M. and printed by Reactiv, Sydney. With thanks to the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Available now at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) shop and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, or online via shop.4a.com.au


8 May – 1 June 2019

Bus Projects

25 Rokeby Street Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Curated by Benison Kilby

“the body has been for women in capitalist society what the factory has been for male waged workers: the primary ground for their exploitation and resistance…”. Eugenia is included in Bodies of Work, a group exhibition of international and local artists exploring feminism, work and the body. Featuring Berwick Street Film Collective, Ursula Biemann, Manuela Gernedel, The Hackney Flashers, Sidsel Meineche Hansen & Therese Henningsen, Morag Keil, Eugenia Lim, Sandra Lahire, Emma Phillips and Zoe Marni Robertson

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8 March – 7 July 2019

Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street Southbank, Victoria, Australia

Curated by Kate Just

Eugenia is included in National Anthem, a cacophonous array of artistic voices and perspectives which brings together 24 artists across generations to critically address national identity. Channelling humour and satire and engaging in tactics such as play, intervention and confrontation, the artists in National Anthem seek self-determination and collectively hold a mirror up to contemporary Australia, prompting new representations of who we are or who we might aspire to become.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Abdul Abdullah, Kay Abude, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Ali Gumillya Baker, Archie Barry, Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd, Juan Davila, Destiny Deacon, Janenne Eaton, Tony Garifalakis, Eugenia Lim, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Hoang Tran Nguyen, Raquel Ormella, Mike Parr, Steven Rhall, Tony Schwensen, Christian Thompson, Paul Yore and Siying Zhou

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