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: 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.
posted on: 8 Mar 2017
Eugenia has been in residence at the Ballarat Gallery for Part 1 – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step , the first in a series of month-long exhibitions and events for the project Big Walk to Golden Mountain. BWTGM is one of several national events marking the 160th year of Chinese migration to the goldfields. This expansive project pays tribute to the 500km walking trek from Robe in South Australia to the central Victorian goldfields undertaken by gold seekers from the Guangdong region in China. Devised by Castlemaine-based Punctum Inc., Big Walk to Golden Mountain explores the contemporary influence of this historic migration landscape in our region using a breadth of art forms. It also represents the regional contribution to the Art Centre’s major Asia TOPA program, connecting it to the goldfields of Central Victoria.