JIN-ME YOON :
LIVING TIME FROM AWAY
September 30, 2021 to January 9, 2022
CURATOR : ANNE-MARIE ST-JEAN AUBRE, CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART,
MUSÉE D’ART DE JOLIETTE
The exhibition Living Time From Away follows the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Jin-me Yoon, a Korean-Canadian artist living in British Columbia, whose artistic practice spans three decades. Produced and circulated by the Musée d’art de Joliette, this exhibition initially proposed a thematic journey in two parts through works that condense several of the artist’s preoccupations related to her Korean heritage, her experience of migration, her entangled relation to Canada as a settler-colonial state, and her testing of the ideals considered to be the Canadian reality.
An important leitmotif in the works presented in this exhibition is the interconnectedness of human lives at different stages of existence: an infant that has become a young adult, parents in their twilight years, gestures of filial support, a sensitivity for spirituality, death, and nature understood as a global entity encompassing humanity. In her new body of work, Jin-me Yoon moves away from the analytical look of her first series, such as Souvenirs of the Self (1991) or Touring Home From Away (1996). She adopts a more poetic and fluid approach in which the human being no longer plays such a central role, but is presented as a counterpoint to a natural environment that surpasses him. Taken as a whole, this exhibition provides an overview of the evolution of Jin-me Yoon’s artistic practice, without taking a chronological approach.
This exhibition is produced and circulated by the Musée d’art de Joliette, thanks to the support of the Quebec government and the MAJ Foundation.