ABOUT

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, GOMA, ACMI, HUN Gallery NY, Next Wave, FACT Liverpool, 24HR Art (Darwin), Substation (Singapore), Schoolhouse Studios, Experimenta, Sydney Contemporary, 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.

Current projects include The Australian Ugliness, a video work exploring contemporary Australian identity and culture through its architecture and built environment; and The People’s Currency, a performance-cum-factory that explores the human impact of globalisation in the era of Foxconn. 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: the Australian Video Art Festival, is a board member at Next Wave, the founding editor of Assemble Papers and co-founded Tape Projects.

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PROJECTS
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THE AUSTRALIAN UGLINESS

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A video installation by Eugenia Lim
23 July – 25 August 2018
Exhibition opening Fri 27 July, 6pm
Melbourne School of Design

The Australian Ugliness pays homage to modernist architect Robin Boyd (1919–1971) and his book of the same name, while exploring the ethics and aesthetics of Australia today. The three-channel video installation brings forward a female, performative and Asian-Australian perspective to the screens and spaces of Australia. With visual poetry, pathos and wit, this is Australia rendered both familiar and strange, a country at once confident and ever-anxious. Led by the gold-suited figure of The Ambassador (performed by Lim), the artist-filmmaker shape-shifts as student, tourist, client, property investor and resident across more than 30 sites and spaces across Australia, interrogating the diversity, liveability and the sustainability of “the Australian Dream”.’

For gallery hours and public program bookings, visit:
openhousemelbourne.org/the-australian-ugliness

Art, Politics & Protest at ACMI
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Artist talk
6.30pm, 8 May 2018
ACMI
Federation Square, Melbourne

Eugenia joins Gabrielle de Vietri and Hannah Brontë for a three-way conversation on video art, performance, activism, the tension between art and politics and art’s influence on identity, race and nationalism.

For more information and tickets, visit:
acmi.net.au

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Exhibition runs 23 March to 21 April 2018

The SUBSTATION

1 Market Street, Newport
VICTORIA 3015, AUSTRALIA

Curated by Phuong Ngo and Tammy Wong Hulbert

Colonial constructs of Australian identity have politically and culturally distanced Australia from its geographical neighbours. Despite this, and in the face of the immigration restriction act, the Asian communities have had a long and significant history of contributing to Australia.

HYPHENATED presents the work of a number of contemporary Asian-Australian artists living locally in Victoria, offering varying perspectives of issues, from the personal to the global, through a hyphenated lens.

Exhibiting artists include RUSHDI ANWARSOFI BASSEGHI AND EHSAN KHOSHNAMI, ANDY BUTLER, RHETT D’COSTATAMMY WONG HULBERTNIKKI LAMEUGENIA LIMHOANG TRAN NGUYENSLIPPAGE and VIPOO SRIVILASA.

Presented by The SUBSTATION.

thesubstation.org.au

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