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. 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.
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.
posted on: 26 July 2017
Opening 1 August, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs 1 August to 4 September
True Estate gallery
The Alderman (upstairs)
134 Lygon St East Brunswick
Exploring the social, economic and physical experience of living and housing for artists.
Eugenia is included in Open House, an exhibition that will present a collection of artists objects and artworks and display them within a framework of reconstructed furniture and DIY building materials. The concept of Open House is to amass a collection of creative responses to housing specifically from artists so as to explore the emotional, economic, social and physical circumstances of living as an artist, historically and today.
True Estate is an eclectic new gallery project by Melbourne based artists Beau Emmett and Elvis Richardson located upstairs at The Alderman, a bespoke deco bar @ 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. True Estate will present a program of curated exhibitions that engage with the accumulative and collective state of things today. True Estate is interested in situating contemporary art practices in dialogue with the built environment and the domestic scale, international style, free markets and personal taste, artists collecting practices, true crime, urban myths and the realities of the artists lifestyle in Australia today.
posted on: 9 June 2017
Eugenia will travel as an Australia Council delegate to this year’s Performing Arts Festival (PAF) Berlin. The Berlin Performing Arts Festival celebrates the diversity of Berlin’s independent performing arts community at numerous theatres and performance venues throughout the entire city. Since 2016, this annual week-long festival has presented the work and artistic positions of Berlin’s performing artists and groups working in all genres. Alongside an international cohort, Eugenia will participate in the festival as a visiting ‘industry professionals’, exploring future opportunities to exhibit, collaborate and perform in Berlin and beyond.
posted on: 22 May 2017
Eugenia is included in Moving Nations, a group exhibition exploring the movement of people, patriotism, nationhood and what it means to belong. Alongside Abdul Abdullah, Olga Cironis, Peter Drew, James Nguyen, Dean Cross, Justine Youssef, and Penny Ryan, Eugenia will exhibit work from Yellow Peril (2015). Moving Nations is curated by Antidote, an online and exhibition platform at the intersection of art and social change. The show opens 7th June and runs until 17th June at Collab Gallery, Chippendale.