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Jinyoung Kim

October 23 to November 22, 2015
Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5 pm
550, côte d'Abraham
Thursday October 22, 8pm

About the Artist

About the Exhibition


Jinyoung Kim translates personal narratives into poetic visions through symbolic and metaphoric visual condensations. Her work resonates with everyday experiences, imbuing them with meaning by appropriating them into different contexts. She is interested in conditions of liminal self-identity and displacement. Kim holds a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto and received her MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto and Montréal, including exhibitions at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, and Espace Cercle Carré. In 2014 Kim was shortlisted for the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art; in 2012 she received the Roloff Beny Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Kim lives and works in Montréal.

Après le pont où se rencontrent les rivières

Taking the symbol of the house as an anchor for identity, Jinyoung Kim undertakes a quest for origins with a trip to her birthplace in South Korea. The artist returns to the home of her paternal grandfather, placing it at the centre of her reflections on her personal history of immigration. First depicted as a space of reunion, the house evokes the history of her family, of her origins, but also what she left behind. Certain photographs retrace the intimate journey of returning to the site, which is subsequently transformed into a scene of artistic research and interventions. The interior of the house is scrutinized in minute detail, and discovered objects are displaced and rearranged in assemblages that attest to emotional attachment as much as to the difficulty of holding on to everything.

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