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Jin-me Yoon: Life & Work


Jin-me Yoon: Life & Work

Par Ming Tiampo

How can we move away from colonial ways of being? How do we create communities where sustainable relationships with our environment exist? How can we build a more equitable world? For over thirty years, these profound questions have been at the core of Korean Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon’s (b.1960) pioneering practise. Since the beginning of her career, she has explored identity in national and global contexts, drawing on her childhood in Korea and her experiences of immigration and migration to build an internationally acclaimed practice.


In Jin-me Yoon: Life & Work, Ming Tiampo reveals how Yoon’s multidisciplinary art—which includes photography, video, performances, and installations—reconnects troubled pasts with damaged presents and offers hope for a better future. It considers how one of Canada’s most important voices on the nature of identity developed a critical perspective on the representation of this country in museums, art history, the tourist industry, and monuments with groundbreaking works such as Souvenirs of the Self, 1991, and Group of Sixty-Seven, 1996, projects that, as Tiampo notes, have become “canonical touchstones in the public articulation of Canadian identity and race.”


Provocative and essential to understanding current conversations about building a more just and sustainable world, this title reveals how Yoon plays a pivotal role in global contemporary art from Canada that addresses urgent issues that arise out of migration, colonization, and extractive economies. Yoon, who is the recipient of the 2022 Scotiabank Photography Award and the subject of a 2023 major exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, is changing conversations for a generation of Canadians. Jin-me Yoon: Life & Work is the first critical biography to explore her singular oeuvre.

Ming Tiampo est professeure d’histoire de l’art et codirectrice du Centre pour l’analyse culturelle transnationale de l’Université Carleton. Spécialiste des modernismes transnationaux, elle cherche à comprendre l’histoire de la mondialisation complexe du temps présent. Elle a publié des écrits sur le modernisme japonais, les modernismes mondiaux, les diasporas au Canada, en France et au Royaume-Uni, ainsi que sur les liens entre les estampes inuites et japonaises. Parmi les projets de commissariat et les publications d’envergure de Tiampo, on compte Gutai: Decentering Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2011) ainsi que Gutai: Splendid Playground, organisé en collaboration avec le musée Guggenheim de New York (2013). Tiampo est membre associée à ici Berlin, membre du Hyundai Tate Research Centre : Transnational Advisory Board et de l’Asia Forum, en plus d’être membre fondatrice de TrACE (Transnational and Transcultural Arts and Culture Exchange network) dont elle est co-responsable du projet Worlding Public Cultures.

40 $ CA

ISBN 978-1-4871-0304-0

Couverture rigide | 8 x 11 | 144 pp


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