February 2, 2019 - March 23, 2019
Emerging Quebec artist Jinyoung Kim melds fiction and documentary in photography, video and performance to explore identity and place, belonging and loss. In the ongoing photography series, Jugong Apartment, Kim poetically evokes changing ways of life, both her own and others. Kim explains that she returned to her former home to document the emptying and destruction of the neighbourhoods where she grew up. “These are the last days of what are called “Jugong” Apartments in South Korea. As time passes, the previous dream of a common person owning a unit in the Jugong Apartments (largely a legacy of 70’s urban planning) is rapidly being replaced.” (Artist statement). While Jinyoung Kim’s photographs are both poignant and sculptural, her video, Survival 101: In Case of Complete Disappearance, carries a sense of whimsical and yet foreboding mystery as a family discusses an imaginary scenario of surviving an apocalypse and then encountering an unknown being.
Jinyoung Kim received an MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design, and has exhibited her work in Quebec, Ontario and India. She has received support for her practice from the Canada Council for the Arts and Concordia University (Roloff Beny Travel Grant). She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches at Concordia University and John Abbot College.
This exhibition is part of the Alberta-wide Exposure Photography Festival, www.exposurephotofestival.com