Eugenia Lim: The Ambassador
SAMSTAG MUSEUM OF ART, ADELAIDE. 28 FEBRUARY – 6 APRIL 2019.
The Ambassador presents three distinct series by Melbourne-based artist Eugenia Lim that centre upon a gold-suited figure who appears halfway between truth and fantasy. In each series, Lim transforms herself into her eponymous invented persona, the Ambassador, an insatiability curious character who traverses time and space, playfully exploring Australia’s cultural and built landscapes.
This exhibition marks the first institutional solo exhibition of Eugenia Lim’s work and presents all three bodies of work together for the first time. Together, they represent a compelling and witty examination of contemporary Australia from a female, performative and Asian-Australian perspective. As the Ambassador, Lim ‘shapeshifts’ to unearth multiple dimensions of the Asian-Australian narrative – drilling down into racial politics, the social costs of manufacturing, and the role of architecture in shaping society – exploring how national identities and stereotypes cut, divide and bond our globalised world.
Curated by Mikala Tai, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, The Ambassador will travel to eight galleries and art centres across Australia between 2019 and 2021 through Museums & Galleries of NSW.
A 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.