Jin-me Yoon was born in 1960 in Seoul, Korea. She immigrated with her family to Vancouver, Canada, in 1968. Yoon received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. As an artist working with photography and video, Yoon's work is recognized across Canada and internationally for contributing to ongoing discussions about the complexities of identity and place in an accelerated, globalized era.
Using herself as subject, Yoon explores how her own image and history function in a wider context. Works like Souvenirs of the Self, A Group of Sixty-Seven, Touring Home from Away, and Unbidden deal with interrelated questions of identity, memory and place – as well as with social and psychic displacement. Through subtle humour and a variety of references and associations, Yoon's work addresses the social and historical narratives, constructions and representations that surround these questions.
Yoon currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches visual arts at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her work is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver.
Jin-me Yoon, Souvenirs of the Self (Rocky Mountain Bus Tour), 1991-2000, 165.1 cm x 101.6 cm, chromogenic Endura print, Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver © 2009 Jin-me Yoon.