Jin-me Yoon: About Time

October 15, 2022 - March 5, 2023

Jin-me Yoon, Long View, 2017, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund


[Image Description: A beach scene with a single figure standing mid-frame on soft, beige sand that is textured with footprints. The figure looks out towards the wide-open ocean, which ripples with white-capped waves. The horizon is weighted by a blanket of dynamic clouds, and blue sky peaks out at the top of the frame.]

About Time presents Vancouver artist Jin-me Yoon’s significant artwork of the last decade. Frequently combining photography, video and installation, Yoon’s recent work is distinguished by a poetic, cinematic aesthetic—one that is deeply contemplative and undergirded by an examination of our position in the world as it is reflected in and shaped by ideas of history and memory, land and ocean.

Through layered works, the artist explores Korean diasporic experience as impacted by entwining vestiges of colonialism, imperialism and militarism. The result is a politicized poetics contemplating what it means to be a part of an interconnected world during a time of accelerated climate crisis while living on the unceded, ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples.

The exhibition dispenses with a chronological approach to Yoon’s artistic trajectory, instead reflecting on her ongoing prioritization of the constellation of relations between people and places across time and space.

Exhibition Texts in English and KoreanAudio Described Tour

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery as an initiative of the Institute of Asian Art and curated by Diana Freundl, Interim Chief Curator / Associate Director

Generously supported by:

The Poseley Family

Government Partner:



Jin-me Yoon: About Time

The first significant publication devoted to the work of Jin-me Yoon, one of Canada’s most preeminent artists.

Edited by Zoë Chan and Diana Freundl
Contributions by Tarah Hogue, Sharon Kahanoff, Susette Min, Anne-Marie St-Jean-Aubre, Ming Tiampo and Diana Freundl

208 pages
7 x 9.75 inches
100 colour illustrations
ISBN 9783777439983
Vancouver Art Gallery and Hirmer Publishers