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 multi-cultural.

Lim’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Tate Modern, GOMA, ACMI, HUN Gallery NY, and FACT Liverpool. 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). 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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Yellow Peril at Artereal Gallery

posted on: 26 Sept 2016

Eugenia will be in Sydney for the opening of ‘Yellow Peril’ in a two-person solo show alongside fellow Melbournian Cyrus Tang. ‘Yellow Peril’ explores the impact and influence of mining and immigration on the Australian identity and features Lim as a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’ sent back in time to the goldfields of the 1850s (through the historical theme park of today – Sovereign Hill, Victoria). The exhibition runs 5–29 October at Artereal, 747 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2039 Australia. Opening celebration on 5 October, 6-8pm, all welcome.

ExIS Seoul International Experimental Film and Video Festival 2016

posted on: 23 June 2016

ExIS is the largest premier showcase of moving image works in Asia. Eugenia’s ‘Yellow Peril’ (2015) has been selected for the International Competition program at this year’s festival in Seoul which runs 7–14 July 2016.


4A Beijing Residency with Shen Shaomin

posted on: 22 June 2016

Eugenia is one of three Australian artists selected to travel to Beijing this September for a month-long residency at the studio of renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. Facilitated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the Beijing Studio Program is now in its fifth year of operation, providing early and mid career Australian artists with the opportunity to research new projects, build professional networks and observe shifting cultural landscape in one of the most important cities in Asia. Abdul Rahmen Abdullah, Eugenia Lim and Justin Shoulder were selected by a committee comprising Sue Acret, 4A Board Member and Co-Founder, ArtAsia Advisory; Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean, Sydney College of the Arts, and Toby Chapman, Creative Producer, Information & Cultural Exchange.




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