Uncommon Knowledge: Eugenia Lim: The Australian Ugliness

Mon 15 Oct 2018

This is a past program.
Main Exhibition Gallery
$35 includes cocktail on arrival

How does architecture shape identity? How do artists, architects, power-brokers, nation-states, immigrants and insurgents make and mark territory?

Join artist Eugenia Lim as she explores the space between the personal and the geopolitical, selfhood and sovereignty. In this lecture, Lim will draw from her research, archives and experiences to navigate a subjective journey through architecture, earthworks and islands.

Please note, doors open from 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Tickets: $35 includes complimentary cocktail on arrival made by the Melbourne Gin Company

Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist of Chinese–Singaporean descent who works across video, performance and installation. In her work, Lim transforms herself into invented fictional personas who traverse through time and cultures to explore how national identities and stereotypes cut, divide and bond our globalised world.

Lim’s latest project The Australian Ugliness surveys the role of architecture in marking a society and shaping national identity. The work has been titled after the bestselling book by Robin Boyd, arguably one of Australia’s most prominent architects and Modernists. Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness denounces the conservative, kitsch and decorative tastes of post-war 1950s Australia, warning against parochialism and insularity. In Lim’s project of the same title, she will build upon Boyd’s ideas, transporting them into 21st century Australia.

Lim’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Tate Modern, London; Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne; ACMI, Melbourne; HUN Gallery, New York; and FACT, Liverpool. She has received a number of grants and residencies through the Australia Council for the Arts, including a residency at the Experimental Television Centre, New York and an exchange at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Recent residencies include Bundanon Trust, Illaroo; 4A Studio, Beijing; and the Robin Boyd Foundation, Melbourne.


ACCA’s 2018 lecture series, Uncommon knowledge: artists on their special interests gives eight artists a microphone and an hour to speak about topics that inspire their art and thinking. Featuring a trans-generational cast of artists, Uncommon Knowledge brings together elements of history, lifestyle, philosophy, sound studies, sexuality, cultural politics and more, to challenge us to think differently about society and the world around us.

Presented by Abercrombie & Kent, these hour-long lectures will be presented monthly on Monday nights at 6pm from April through to November. Each lecture will be accompanied by a unique cocktail created by our partners The Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky.



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