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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Performance lecture at NGV Art Book Fair

posted on: 21 April 2016

To mark the launch of Assemble Papers issue #5 ‘The Ecological Age’, Eugenia’s last as editor, she will present a performance lecture on Sunday 1 May, 11am, at the NGV Art Book Fair, followed by a conversation with incoming editor Sara Savage. ‘The Ecological Age’ explores the relationship between nature and culture and thought and action in the Anthropocene. It features interviews and essays by and on Olafur Eliasson and Lone Frank, MVRDV, Shigeru Ban, Joost Bakker, Situations and many more.


Between You and Them

posted on: 17 Mar 2016

Eugenia is included in a group exhibition of Australian, Chinese and Turkish artists curated by Jeremy Gales at ACAF Shanghai. Exploring identity through a transnational lens, the show features over 30 artists working across mediums and runs until mid May.

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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.




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