Yellow Peril, 2015
19mins, single-channel HD video, colour, sound
camera: Tim Hillier
sound design: Dan West
costume and props: Kat Chan and Esther Hayes
performer, director, editor: Eugenia Lim
Eugenia Lim is an artist living in Melbourne.
WSJ4 features a video excerpt from Lim’s recent body of work ‘Yellow Peril’, exhibited at Bus Projects in Melbourne. It was filmed at historical theme park, “Sovereign Hill”, located in Ballarat, Victoria.
“The viewer’s eye is soon drawn to a cast of anachronistic ‘readymade’ characters gathering in the street – iPhone-wielding tourists mingling with Sovereign Hill’s own period-actors. A curious time-travelling flâneur dressed in a gold Mao suit simultaneously emerges from deep within the frame. Performed by the artist herself, this ghost from the future reinterprets Tseng Kwong Chi’s ironic East Meets West (1979-1989) photographic series, whereby Tseng’s self-constructed persona as an “inquisitive traveller and ambiguous ambassador” satirised relations between the United States and its emerging rival, China. ”
– Excerpt from catalogue essay by Ulanda Blair