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.

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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Diverse Practice: Artificial Islands

posted on: 25 Oct 2016

ARTIST TALK
SAT 29 OCT 2016
2-3pm
THEATRETTE
IMMIGRATION MUSEUM
400 FLINDERS ST MELBOURNE 3000

This Saturday, as part of the Immigration Museum’s ‘Diverse Practice’ series, Eugenia presents a talk on her recent projects and their diverse reference points: from mythic earthworks and artists of the ’70s to the territorial claims and artificial islands in the South China Seas and Dubai, and the influence of cinema and personal identity. Through varied mediums and methods, Lim’s work aims to interrogate the power dynamics and identity politics at play in representing a site, a self, a culture or a state.
museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum

Orange light from an angry sun

posted on: 25 Oct 2016

From 7 September to 3 October, Eugenia was a 4A Beijing Studio artist-in-residence (with Justin Shoulder and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah). She writes about her time in the ‘unknown motherland’ for Art Guide Australia.
artguide.com.au

Australiana, the mongrel and amnesia: Experimenta Social #6

posted on: 4 Oct 2016

EUGENIA LIM AND PHILIP BROPHY
6PM WED 26 OCT
ACMI X – LEVEL 4, 2 KAVANAGH STREET SOUTHBANK

For the last Experimenta Social in this series curated by artist Emile Zile, Philip Brophy and Eugenia Lim will reflect on Australian identity, place and belonging. Using pop cultural forms as a lens to view Australian society, both Eugenia and Phil uncover latent meanings and interpretations through their video works, writing and installation. Expanding on his AFTRS Classics of Australian Cinema book that uses Priscilla Queen of the Desert as a map of Australian identity, Philip Brophy will deliver an expanded illustrated version of this book. Exploring Australia as a fluid, plural and volatile state, Eugenia will present recent works that look at local identity within the context of rapid globalisation and urbanisation.
experimenta.org

 

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