Jin-me Yoon

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Jin-me Yoon
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materConcordia University (MFA, 1992)
Known forContemporary art

Jin-me Yoon (born 1960) is a South Korean-born internationally active Canadian artist,[1] who immigrated to Canada at the age of eight. She is a contemporary visual artist, utilizing performance, photography and video to explore themes of identity as it relates to citizenship, culture, ethnicity, gender, history, nationhood and sexuality.

Yoon's work is known for its use of humour and irony in its visual juxtapositions to the complex subject matter she examines. Her major works include Souvenirs of the Self (1991), a photographic series challenging stereotypical constructs of Canadian identity, and The Dreaming Collective Knows No History (2006), a video installation exploring the interrelationships of body, city and history.

She received her BA from the University of British Columbia in 1985, a BFA from Emily Carr College of Art in 1990, and an MFA from Concordia University in 1992. Currently she lives and works in Vancouver, B.C., and teaches at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts.[2]


Yoon's works often employ photography, video and elements of performance to question constructions of identity within specific historical and social conditions.[3] In 1991, the artist produced a work entitled Souvenirs of the Self,[4] which explores the relationship between notions of self and Other within dominant images of the Canadian landscape, most noticeably those which have been shaped primarily by tourism. The unconscious, memory, history, identity, place and nationhood are important themes for the artist, whose recent project, Unbidden, uses multiple-channel videos and photographs to allude to the psychic and physical conditions of the subject, particularly through migration, diasporic dispersal and displacement related to war and other geo-political conditions. An installation created in 1998, between departure and arrival, marks Yoon’s shift of using photographic images as outward marker of race. Using video and audio in departure, Yoon investigates "interior, consciousness forming structures such as language." [5]

Her recent video work explores various cities, most notably in South Korea and Japan. Formally tipping the vertical city of skyscrapers and bipedal humans onto a horizontal plane, Yoon evokes subliminal and inchoate associations with both the past and the present. For viewers experiencing the work within the gallery there is an uncanny sense of a dream-like immersion in the phantasmagoria of late modernity.[6]

Over the past fifteen years her work has become known internationally and was shown 2008 at the Centre Culturel Canadien/Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain and Tank Loft in Chongqing, China. Her work has also been recently shown at the Up to/and including the limits, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium, Activating Korea, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, the National Gallery of Canada in 2006,[7] Ssamzie Space in Seoul, South Korea in 2006, the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2005 and in many other solo and group exhibitions in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.


  • Yoon, Jin-me; Knights, Karen (1990). (Inter)reference, part II: (in)authentic (re)search. Vancouver, BC: Women in Focus Society. OCLC 889984324.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Walter Phillips Gallery; Between Views and Points of View (1991). Souvenirs of the self: a project of six postcards. Banff, Alta.: Walter Phillips Gallery. OCLC 63063897, 755687397.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Scott, Kitty (1991). Touring home: Jin-me Yoon. Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Art Gallery. ISBN 0889500894. OCLC 50084684.
  • Magor, Liz; Boyer, Bob; Yoon, Jin-me; Kidd, Elizabeth; Scott, Kitty; Phillips, Ruth B; Fisher, Jennifer (1991). Constructing cultural identity: Jin-me Yoon, Bob Boyer, Liz Magor. Edmonton: Edmonton Art Gallery. ISBN 0889500894. OCLC 26932527.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Radul, Judy (1998). Jin-me Yoon: between departure and arrival, 8 January - 8 February 1997. Vancouver: Western Front Exhibitions Program. ISBN 0920974309. OCLC 38430635.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Evenden, Kirstin (2002). Jin-me Yoon: welcome stranger welcome home. Calgary: Glenbow Museum. OCLC 79919625.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Hurtig, Annette; McCabe, Shauna; Stein, Sally; Sekula, Allan (2003). Jin-me Yoon: touring home from away. North Vancouver, B.C.: Presentation House Gallery. ISBN 0920293549. OCLC 960167588.
  • Yoon, Jin-me (2003). Jin-me Yoon: between departure and arrival. Vancouver, B.C.: Western Front. ISBN 0920974309. OCLC 889990052.
  • Yoon, Jin-me (2004). Jin-me Yoon: fugitive (unbidden). Vancouver: Catriona Jeffries Gallery. ISBN 0973303859. OCLC 759468759.
  • Yoon, Jin-me; Edelstein, Susan; Min, Susette (2004). Unbidden: Jin-me Yoon. Kamloops, BC: Kamloops Art Gallery. ISBN 1895497582. OCLC 181348593.


  1. ^ "Jin-me Yoon". canadianart.ca. Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  2. ^ "SFU SCA Faculty". sfu.ca. Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  3. ^ Derksen, Jeff (2005-06-23). "Fugitive Spaces" (PDF). newrepublics.com. Vancouver, BC: Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  4. ^ "Souvenirs of the Self (Lake Louise)". gallery.ca. Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  5. ^ Radul, Judy (1998). "At the Station: Notes on between departure and arrival'". In Yoon, Jin-me. Between departure and arrival, 8 January - 8 February 1997. Vancouver, BC: Western Front Society. p. 14. ISBN 9780920974308. OCLC 38430635.
  6. ^ "Jin-me Yoon: Passages through Phantasmagoria". gallery.ca. Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  7. ^ "Meet the Artist". cybermuse.gallery.ca. National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-10.

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