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 editor of  Assemble Papers and co-founded  Tape Projects.

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Artificial Islands performance lecture

posted on: 30 Jan 2016

Thank you to the excellent crowd at MPavilion last night for Between a Thought and a Feeling, a night of performance lectures curated by Interval. I loved the chance to debut Artificial Islands, a new work in development exploring manufactured landscapes across art, history and geopolitics. The talented Gabrielle de Vietri and Benjamin Lichtenstein also presented.


Bush safari/Bundanon Residency

posted on: 18 Jan 2016

I just arrived back in Melbourne from two weeks in remote bushland bliss at Bundanon. While on residency, I walked, read, wrote, filmed tests in the studio and among the kangaroos, gumtrees and fields, developing ideas for a new video work exploring Australian identity and aesthetics through the lens of Robin Boyd’s 1967 The Australian Ugliness. Stay tuned.


Yellow Peril exhibition

posted on: 19 Mar 2015

Looking forward to my upcoming show at Bus Projects here in Melbourne. On show will be a new body of work, ‘Yellow Peril’ based on a gold-suited performance for camera and series of actions filmed at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. Join me for the opening on Wed 8 April, 6pm.




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