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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7
Artist Talk / Jin-me Yoon
Marking Place Speaker Series
Friday, May 19 at 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East
*Seating is limited and first come, first served.
Artist Jin-me Yoon speculates on significant shifts in her thinking and making of the last 25 years by looking at past and current work within larger discursive changes. In this artist talk, Yoon considers the movement between nationalism and transnationalism, displacement and emplacement, the local and the global, self and other, the representational and the abstract, and the human subject and the natural world in order to ask how we can generate spaces for exchange that create possibilities of transformative alternative futures. Her postcard project entitled Souvenirs of the Self, produced at the site of Canada’s first national park in Banff, Alberta in 1991, provides the main departure point to consider nationalism in the context of tourism, while her recent postcard project in progress at another Canadian national park, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, bookends her consideration of these questions.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Yoon immigrated to Vancouver in 1968 where she lives and works. She is Professor of Visual Art at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited widely across Canada as well as internationally.
This presentation is part of the Institute of Asian Art Symposium. Registration is now open at: vanartgallery.bc.ca/about-us/institute_of_asian_art_events.html
About the Marking Place Speaker Series:
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Across Canada individuals and institutions are asking what the sesquicentennial means for this country and are examining our understanding of nationhood. This year-long speaker series looks at visual art, design and art institutions in relation to ideas concerning Indigeneity, colonialism, immigration and national identity. Four prominent Canadians—curator Wanda Nanibush, artist Jin-me Yoon, curator Michelle Jacques and cultural historian Michael Prokopow—share their thoughts on these connections and our evolving sense of place.