Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Jin-me Yoon

Scotiabank Photography Award: Jin-me Yoon (installation views), 2023 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Special Tour of Jin-me Yoon’s Scotiabank Photography Award Exhibition at The Image Centre

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
6 pm

The Image Centre
33 Gould St., Toronto

Join Vicki Kwon, Associate Curator, Korean Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, for a special tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Jin-me Yoon, on view in The Image Centre’s Main Gallery and University Gallery from April 29–August 5, 2023.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Please let us know if we can make any accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Jin-me Yoon, 2023

About the Exhibition

This exhibition, composed of seminal series along with new works, celebrates artist Jin-me Yoon’s lens-based art. Korean-born and based in Vancouver, Yoon reflects critically upon the construction of national and diasporic identities in relation to her personal experience and broader geopolitical contexts. The artist, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2022), repurposes visual stereotypes and dominant narratives to explore gender, culture, and citizenship in an accelerated, globalized era. Yoon’s work also reframes viewers’ understanding of some of the most pressing issues today, including the impacts of colonialism, militarization, displacement, and environmental devastation.

Organised by The Image Centre and presented by Scotiabank in partnership with CONTACT. With additional support from Partners in Art, the Korean Cultural Centre, and Superframe.

Vicki Kwon, Associate Curator, Korean Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (left), and artist Jin-me Yoon (photo by Jae Woo Kang).

About Vicki Kwon

Vicki Kwon is an Associate Curator of Korean Art and Culture at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), where she oversees Canada’s largest collection of Korean art and cultural heritage. Dr. Kwon has taught the arts of Korea, twentieth-century art in East Asia, and art as social practice in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, where she received her PhD degree in History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture. Prior to joining the ROM, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, at Seoul National University, and a researcher of Changdong Residency at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea.

About Jin-me Yoon

Over the last three decades, Korean-born Vancouver-based Jin-me Yoon has been presented in over 200 exhibitions across North America, Asia, and Australia, as well as select institutions worldwide. Most recently, one of her films screened at the Venice Biennale, she was presented in a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a touring survey organised by the Musée d’art de Joliette. Yoon is represented in 20 public and corporate collections; she received the prestigious Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, was shortlisted for the Art Gallery of Ontario Grange Prize, and was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada, recognized for her research contributions in art.

Also on View:

Jane Jin Kaisen: Braiding and Mending
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall
Curator: Gaëlle Morel
On view through August 5, 2023

Created in 2020, the video Braiding and Mending features artist Jane Jin Kaisen sitting with her sisters and nieces in a circle. The camera revolves around the group of women in calm, almost meditative movements. Each participant combs and braids the hair of the woman in front of her, connecting them all in a perpetual cycle. While Kaisen was adopted in Denmark as an infant, her sisters and nieces grew up in Jeju, South Korea. The braiding becomes a memory-making gesture, and a process of mutual care and healing.

Sharing the Frame: Photographic Objects from the Lorne Shields Historical Photograph Collection (1840–1970)
Student Gallery
On view through June 10, 2023

Sharing the Frame presents late 19th and early 20th century vernacular objects from the Lorne Shields Historical Photograph Collection, at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Libraries. Donated in 2009, the collection comprises over 2,300 photographic objects, including snapshots, albums, cartes-de-visite, and lantern slides, depicting travel views, recreational and educational scenes, and family portraits. Together, these objects reveal a Western colonial desire for visual consumption in domestic, public, and commercial settings.

Organised by the 2022–2023 second-year graduate students from Toronto Metropolitan University’s graduate Film & Photography Preservation and Collections Management program.

Upcoming Public Programs

Artist and Curator in Conversation
Jin-me Yoon and Euijung McGillis
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 7 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Katrin Faridani–Interconnected: From the Tap to the Lake and Back
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 6–8 pm

Special Exhibition Tour (in Korean)
Scotiabank Photography Award: Jin-me Yoon
Vicki Kwon
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 | 6 pm

All events take place at The Image Centre (33 Gould St., Toronto) unless otherwise noted.

The Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W1

Tuesday: Tours by appointment
Wednesday–Saturday: 12–6 pm
Sunday–Monday: Closed

The gallery is wheelchair accessible
Admission is always free

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