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Jin-me Yoon Keynote Lecture

April 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location:National Gallery of Canada (Lecture Hall)
Key Contact:Victoria Nolte

The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture and the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis are pleased to welcome Vancouver-based artist Jin-me Yoon to give a keynote lecture for Rethinking Canada 150: Networks and Nodes in Asian Canadian Visual Culture. The two-day conference will examine artistic and curatorial practices that address issues of historical representation and the aesthetics and politics of diaspora, situating studies of Asian Canadian visual culture in response to Canada 150 celebrations and to national and transnational networks. Yoon’s keynote will address her practice and theoretical concerns involving issues of diasporic identity and Canadian nationalism.

Since the early 1990s Jin-me Yoon’s lens based practice in photography, video, and installation has reexamined questions concerning place, identity and the body supported by an underlying interest in how these very questions are based on entangled and interdependent relations and histories. In staging performative actions for the camera, she often employs her body as a sign of difference and more recently, evidence of an embodied corporality. Landscapes, particular sites and cities, people, objects and materials provide a departure point for broader issues and geopolitical particularities to be identified. Born in Seoul, Korea Yoon immigrated to Vancouver Canada in 1968 where she lives and works. She is Professor of Visual Art at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited widely within Canada as well as internationally.

The conference and keynote are organized as part of the Canada 150: Asian Canadians in Visual Culture project, which marks Canada’s 150th anniversary by signaling 2017 as a key moment to address the representation of Asian Canadians in visual culture. A partnership between Concordia University, Carleton University, New York University, and the University of British Columbia, Canada 150: Asian Canadians in Visual Culture is a SSHRC-funded collaborative research project initiated by Alice Ming Wai Jim (Concordia), Ming Tiampo (Carleton), Christopher Lee (UBC), and Alexandra Chang (NYU). The project brings together researchers, cultural practitioners and community organizers through a series of workshops, conference meetings, and public lectures in New York, Montreal, and Ottawa.