Eugenia Lim takes global topics to the regions

As a self-appointed ambassador in a gold lamé suit, Lim takes conversations about identity, dislocation and racism into regional SA and NSW.
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Video still Eugenia Lim, The Australian Ugliness (2018); courtesy the artist

For the last four years, Melbourne-based artist Eugenia Lim has been putting on a Mao-like gold suit and assuming the character of The Ambassador. But this decision is more than roleplaying or public spectacle for Lim.

By taking on this persona she tackles old stereotypes and new roles in uncovering the Australian-Asian narrative, and how the systemic framework around us – such as architecture, workforce and politics – shape and update those values.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina