Jin-me Yoon

About the Artist

Jin-me Yoon was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Canada in 1968. Her photographs and videos depict moments from her life and speak to larger issues like memory, alienation, identity and place.  Yoon explains this further when she writes about the Souvenirs of Self series (presented here on the ARTSask website), “The relationship of self and subjectivity to dominant cultural representations and definitions of landscape continue to preoccupy me as an artist. In Souvenirs of Self (1991/96) I interrogated the touristic site of Banff, Alberta - from the position of a “minoritized” subject - to denaturalize assumptions about homeland, heritage and belonging. (Yoon in Hurtig, 2000)

Jin-me Yoon also comments about the four ideas in Souvenirs of Self, “My installations focus on the conjoining of personal and social histories and how these histories construct specific social identities. One strain of my work explores the various tenuous yet tenacious connections to my Korean background. Another strain reflects the preoccupations of an migrant coming up against the complex narratives of Canada as a nation. More recently, maternal subjectivity as it relates to labour and work has been the foreground of my work.” (Yoon in Hurtig, 2000)

Yoon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as well as a Master of Fine Art degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.  She currently (2007) lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and teaches Art and Contemporary Cultural Theory at Simon Fraser University.


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