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The Mental Trip

H.H. Lim

11.25, 2017 - 01.27, 2018

Beijing 1st Space


To push further the envelope, Lim created a new project “The Mental Trip” for his exhibition in Beijing. In the form of double spiral cages, it invites the public to walk through the cage and enter a mental game. They enter and exit the cage in a parallel way without meeting each other, as in the Well of Saint Patrick. Hence, one can “live” in one’s own world. Paradoxically, taking shelter in a cage can make one feel protected. But, in exchange, one is condamned to be cut off from touching the other. This generates a permanent mental tension under the gaze of the other while the other is never an accessible company. Being “appreciated” by the other can be a “pleasure”. But in the meantime, this is the beginning of losing all freedom.


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Red Room Video & performances 2m 5s 2004

CODE ZHV3 GRAY 180 x 120 x 5.5 cm Mixed media on panel 2017

Patience Video & performances 59m 30s 2004



Born on August 1, 1954 in Malaysia, H.H. Lim is a Sino-Malaysian artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Since 1976, he lives and works between Penang and Rome, where he founded in 1990 the artist space "Edicola Notte", which hosted interventions of numerous international artists. Recently, Lim and his partner Viviana Guadagno have developed the "Edicola Notte" into the "Zoo Zone Art Forum”, to contribute as the driving force of the rejuvenation of the Roman art community. Lim has been actively exhibited in a handful of internationally renowned biennales, including the Venice Biennale, the Prague Biennale, the Singapore Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, Tirana Biennale etc. In addition, Lim also manages to exhibit in UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, GNAM (Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna e contemporanea) Roma, MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo) Roma, Tang Contemporary Art, IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno) and many other established institutions. 


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