PULLMAN, Wash. - Korean Canadian photographer and video installation artist Jin-me Yoon will present a free, public overview of her work at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Kimbrough Hall 101 at Washington State University. A reception will immediately follow in the Kimbrough atrium.
Yoon’s work will be featured in WSU’s Fine Arts Museum, Gallery 2, Feb. 19-March 29. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Yoon’s talk, "Temporal Displacements and Spatial Constellations,” is the Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lecture. Hockenhull, a WSU emerita professor of fine arts, was director of women’s studies for more than a decade.
Yoon will discuss how her works, such as "Souvenirs of the Self” (1991) and "Intersection” (1996), "grapple with the politics of race, the exclusions on which national identity is constructed and the gender ideologies around the experience of motherhood.” She said her video projects often involve using her own body "(to investigate) the relation of that body to its environment.”
"It will be an enlightening opportunity for our students, faculty and the public,” said Nishant Shahani, assistant professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies. "She uses photography, video and installation to employ irony and humor in examining cultural identity, history, memory, colonial occupations and social constructions of nation and race.”
The event is part of the department’s spring speaker series. The WSU Forst Endowed Fine Arts Visiting Artist Program in the Department of Fine Arts is co-host. The reception is hosted by the Association for Pacific and Asian Women student organization.
About the artist Born in Seoul, Korea in 1960, Yoon immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., in 1968. She is a professor of visual arts in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She earned an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, a BFA from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver and a BA from the University of British Columbia.
She is described as "a vital member of Vancouver’s art community, an active participant in international art discourse and a cutting-edge video artist who boldly confronts difficult issues ranging from border security and immigration to urban tensions and the conditions of globalization.” Her video installations have been exhibited all over Canada and internationally in the U.S., Mexico, France, Korea, Japan, Spain, China, Belgium, New Zealand, Germany and England.
About the lecture series The Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lecture Series began in 1996 to honor Hockenhull. Throughout her career at WSU, she was committed to building programs and initiatives supporting diversity, the liberal and fine arts, free speech and critical thinking. The biennial lecture series has featured cutting-edge women artists, writers, performers and social justice activists such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, LisaNa Red Bear, Faith Ringgold, Alma Lopez, the Guerilla Girls, Octavia Butler, Coco Fusco, Yong Soon Min and Anna Chavez.
The lecture series is supported by WSU’s former women’s studies department; the WSU Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee; the WSU College of Arts and Sciences; the Museum of Art/WSU; WSU’s Culture and Heritage Houses; the WSU Women’s Resource Center; the WSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Coalition/Multicultural Student Services; the WSU Center for the Humanities Planning Group; and the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.