This short exhibition blurb was originally published on RAVEN Contemporary.
Eugenia Lim’s latest body of work Yellow Peril explores recent Australian history and identity politics through the lens of immigration. Inspired by her parent’s experience as new migrants in the 1980s, as well as the significant role of Chinese people in the goldfields, Lim’s works examines the ever-evolving relationship between Australia and China. This dialogue between past and present, east and west, forms the basis of the major video installation, which depicts the artist in the role of an ‘Ambassador’ sent back to the goldfields of Sovereign Hill dressed in a garish gold-Mao suit. The rest of the exhibition also sees the artist use gold as a visual and thematic device, highlighting our ongoing search for wealth and fulfilment.