Published by Steidl/Scotiabank Photography Award, Toronto. Text by Andrea Kunard, Ming Tiampo.
Covering over 30 years of artistic practice, this book celebrates the complex yet highly distilled photographs of Korean-born, Vancouver-based Jin-me Yoon’s (born 1960) dynamic vision. The book reveals how Yoon uses the inherent mobility of images and the forces of diasporic thinking to bring disparate worlds together in poetic relation and create conditions for a different future. Featured works include Fugitive (Unbidden) (2004), which calls up stereotypes imposed on Asian Canadians and Asian Americans through popular culture in the context of intergenerational histories of war; and Long Time So Long (2022), in which, wearing traditional Korean masks that have been fused with ubiquitous emojis, Yoon performs against the background of an industrial waste plant that is also a natural bird habitat, to reimagine new ways of being in relation to nature and one another.