Exhibition

Eugenia Lim:
The People’s Currency

Eugenia and a group of participants dressed as factory workers do calisthenics in front of the museum.

When

28 January -
30 January 2022

Location

Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray St, Sydney NSW

This Lunar New Year, Eugenia Lim will present the performance The People’s Currency. Taking its name from Renminbi (China’s currency), the work explores the social impacts of globalisation upon those who seek their fortunes in the factories of China – or the ‘workshop of the world’. The People’s Currency turns Darling Harbour into ‘Renminconn’, a closed loop ‘special economic zone’. Dressed as a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’, Lim will inhabit a factory printing counterfeit currency of her own design and act as floor manager to this ‘factory’ of workers. In exchange for basic menial work, the ‘employee’ will be remunerated in The People’s Currency. 

Eugenia Lim says: "Since The People's Currency's original commissioning by 4A in 2017, the world has changed irrevocably. The pandemic and the climate emergency mean our lives and futures have never been both more separated and connected. For me, it's such an interesting moment to revisit this work, and I'm thrilled and honoured to don the golden suit to perform and connect with audiences in the context of the Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney, on Gadigal lands." 

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Image: Eugenia Lim, The People's Currency, 2017; commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, supported by the City of Melbourne and part of Asia TOPA Triennial. Photo by Zan Wimberley.
Eugenia and Jeremy, a Filipinx dancer wearing gold sparkly eyeshadow and a white apron, do calisthenics in front of a shipping container.
A Caucasian person with bright red hair wearing a face mask and a white apron holds up a gold phone.
Eugenia, an East Asian woman wearing a two-piece gold suit, is flying a gold flag.
Performers dressed in yellow and white factory aprons stand with their arms outstretched in front of a shipping container.
Eugenia and Jeremy, a Filipinx dancer wearing gold sparkly eyeshadow and a white apron, do calisthenics in front of a shipping container.
  

Top image: Eugenia Lim: The People’s Currency, 2022; commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and presented in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum; photo: Dorcas Tang