Eugenia Lim: The Ambassador – Touring

A female-presenting figure stands in a gold uniform, leaning over a concrete balcony. She holds up a closed fist. Behind her is a tall red curtain.


28 February -
16 January 2021


Anne & Gordon Stamstag Museum of Art

Hawke Building, City West campus, University of South Australia, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

28 February - 6 April 2019

Nautilus Arts Centre

66 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, 5606

19 April - 1 June 2019

Riddoch Art Gallery

1 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier SA 5290

17 January - 16 February 2020

Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Zingel Pl, Bega NSW 2550

24 April - 21 June 2020

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Corner of Bourke and, Church St, Goulburn NSW 2580

3 July - 14 August 2020

Griffith Regional Art Gallery

167 Banna Ave, Griffith NSW 2680

12 September - 8 November 2020

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Cnr Coff &, Duke St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

20 November 2020 - 16 November 2021

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 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 is travelling to eight galleries and art centres across Australia between 2019 and 2021 through Museums & Galleries of NSW.

The Ambassador Catalogue:

The Eugenia Lim The Ambassador Catalogue has been released to coincide with The Ambassador touring exhibition. Featuring an essay contribution by exhibition curator and 4A Director Mikala Tai and featured interview between the artist and curator and writer Natalie King, The Ambassador catalogue reflects on the work of Eugenia Lim in The Ambassador, with detailed reflections from the artist on ‘Yellow Peril‘, ‘The People’s Currency‘ and ‘The Australian Ugliness‘. The catalogue is a 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums & Galleries of NSW publication and has been made possible with the support of the Gordon Darling Foundation.


Top image: Eugenia Lim, The People’s Currency, 2017, performance, dimensions variable. This project was commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, supported by the City of Melbourne and part of the inaugural Asia TOPA Triennial of Performing Arts; photo: Zan Wimberley.

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.

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