Eugenia Lim – Windows
Site Number: 9
Site Location: H 2 H Store, Gertrude and Young st
Artwork Title: Windows
Artist: Eugenia Lim
A gold-suited figure poses with a selfie stick. Behind her, we see a montage of images of international landmarks – a grand tour of the world’s monuments. On closer inspection, these well-known sites seem smaller and less grand than expected – there is something amiss about their placement and proximity to each other within the landscape. The grand tour turns out to be a pilgrimage to Window on the World, a theme park of scale replicas of the world’s wonders situated in ‘Overseas Chinese Town’ in Shenzhen, China. Windows is a playful commentary on tourism, narcissism, mimicry and globalisation in the selfie-age.
Eugenia Lim works across video, performance and installation to explore how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, inventing personas to explore alienation and belonging in a globalised world. From performing the identities of Japanese hikikomori, the cannibal Issei Sagawa, a suburban beautician, Miranda from Picnic at Hanging Rock and a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’, Eudenia is interested in the dialogue between place and performance and the push-pull between Australian/Asian, the mono and the multicultural. In addition to exhibiting locally and internationally, Eugenia co-directed the inaugural Channels: the Australian Video Art Festival and was a founding member of Tape Projects.