A reimagined artwork on High Street, Preston
Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist of Chinese–Singaporean descent. She works across video, performance and installation to explore how national identities cut, divide and bond our globalised world.
Her original work Yellow Peril (2015) in the Darebin Art Collection, is reimagined through photographic images and text across three large-scale billboards sited on and around the exterior of Gold Leaf restaurant, Level 1, 417-419 High Street, and 421 High Street Preston.
The work spans timescales within the recent settler-colonial history of Australia. An image of Lim’s parents as hopeful ‘new Australians’ sits in dialogue with a panoramic photo of Lim as a gold Mao-suited ‘Ambassador’ sent back in time to the goldfields of the 1850s (rephotographed to fit the building’s dimensions at the end of 2020 in Sovereign Hill), holding a large replica gold nugget based on the ‘Welcome Stranger’, the world’s largest alluvial nugget (found in 1869 in Moliagul, Victoria).
Inspired by the observational comedy of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, and Lim’s research into Chinese migration, diaspora and the White Australia Policy, Yellow Peril considers the evolving dynamics between Australia and China and the interconnected nature of our socio-economic future. It unearths lesser-known but existent personal and political histories of Australia. Yellow Peril is part of the City of Darebin’s art collection.
You can see the original Yellow Peril work here
1 July - 1 July, 2022