Jinyoung Kim uses time-based media to create her works. Her photographs and videos combine documentary and fiction in order to form metaphoric narratives that deal with questions of identity, sense of belonging, and the relationship between place and self-perception.
Born in South Korea and raised in Canada, Kim’s work reflects on her own experience of having to grow roots in both places. She continues to look for stories in her life and other's lives as an ongoing investigation into how a sense of place relates to the formation of one's identity.
Kim renders personal narratives into poetic vision forming symbolic and metaphoric visual condensations. Her images and videos resonate with everyday experiences, imbuing them with meaning through appropriation into different contexts and staging gestures in front of the camera. Her work examines conditions of liminal self-identity and displacement; frequently using herself as a performer in her work.
Jinyoung Kim holds a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto, and received her MFA from Concordia University in Montréal. She is currently an instructor in the Photography Program at Concordia University in Montréal. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada including: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery; VU Photo in Quebec City; Gallery 101 in Ottawa; Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montréal; Montréal’s Espace Cercle Carré; and internationally at the Focus Photography Festival in Mumbai, India. Kim was shortlisted for the 2014 Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Award in Contemporary Art, and has received the Roloff Benny Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Her work has appeared in ESSE magazine, Vie des arts, and La Presse. Kim’s work can be found in the collection of the City of Montréal and in numerous private collections.
Kim was seen at Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montréal this fall in the exhibition THE LONG MOMENT as part of Momenta—Biennale de l’image, and appears in the upcoming exhibition CHANGE AGENT in January when the gallery launches its 2018 exhibition season. On November 23, 2017, Jinyoung Kim participates in the annual auction VENDU—SOLD, a benefit for ESSE magazine at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
Jugong Apartment is an on-going project which I began producing in the summer of 2016. After hearing news that the former neighbourhood where I grew up in South Korea is part of an urban land development plan, I went back to the city to document the destruction of the existing Jugong Apartment buildings. The neighbourhood is essentially a small city that consists of mostly residential mid- to high-rise apartment buildings with some related commercial activity in the environs. It is a peaceful place where mostly families have settled. The city was planned for a lifestyle that values family living, while allowing for proximity to the denser centres of the capital, Seoul. When I arrived in the neighbourhood, the buildings were being emptied out and were in various states of abandonment. Some of the areas had had been vacated for some time whereas, in other parts of the city, people were still in the process of moving out. Just no one was moving in or taking care of their places anymore.
These are the last days of what is called “Jugong” Apartments in South Korea. As time passes, the previous dream of a common person owning a unit in the Jugong Apartments (largely a legacy of 70’s urban planning) is rapidly being replaced. Now there are high priced, exotic condominiums available that offer complete packages with gyms, technology, leisure, and spectacular views. What is formidable is the speed and aggressiveness with which these developments are appearing in such a small city. Over the next five to six years more than 30,000 people will have had to move out, and more than 120 standing concrete buildings will be demolished.
2014 MFA, Concordia University, Studio Arts, Photography, Montréal, Canada
2008 BFA, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
2015 Après le pont où se rencontrent les rivières, VU Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
2014 Genealogy of Stationary Objects, Espace Cercle Carré, Montreal, Quebec
2014 Genealogy of Stationary Objects, FoFA Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2017 The Long Moment, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, QC
2016 How Many Seas, part of Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India
2016 Universal Loss, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
2016 Ensemble, VU Photo, Quebec, Quebec
2015 Afterlife in conjunction with Mariette and Claude Vermette Retrospective, Museé de Baie-St-Paul, QC
2014 Uncanny Worlds, Onsite Gallery OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Obang, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal, Quebec
2013 Ignition 9, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2013 The Body and The Landscape, Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal, Quebec
2012 Sortie; Concordia University MFA Exhibition, Ancienne École des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Quebec
2009 The Light of Your Evocative Glance: A Glimpse of Portraiture at Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby
2016 Canada Council for Arts, Project Grant for Visual Artists
2016 CALQ Viva Cité Grant
2014 Shortlist, The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art
2012 Roloff Benny Travel Grant, Concordia University
2010 Mildred Lande and Margot Lande Graduate Scholarship in Photography, Concordia University
2010 Flash Forward, 2010
2008 OCAD Photography Faculty and Friends Award
2005 OCAD Design Competition 2nd place Dean’s Award
2017 Akimbo hitlist ‘Jinyoung Kim, Visual Artist’ published on January 25 (Online)
2015 When Selves Collide: In Conversation with Jinyoung Kim – Andrea Zeffiro. No More Potlucks. Issue #40: Self. (Online)
2014 Roloff Beny Foundation Fellowship in Photography Student photography fellowship winner Jinyoung Kim. Posted on May 5 (Online)
2014 The immigrant experience: Creating new cultures from old. (Online)
2014 Vie Des Arts "Obang - Des Couleurs Asiatiques au Parfum Occidental" Nathalie Parent. June 5th
2013 La presse, "Le corps et le paysage: les lentilles de Concordia.” 30 Mars by Éric Clément
2011 Artzine, issue 3 (published in South Korea)
2009 The Light of Your Evocative Glance: A Glimpse of Portraiture, Exhibition Catalogue by Maeve Hannah ISBN: 0-920258-56-5
2008 f/22, OCAD Photo-thesis Catalogue
2017 Concordia University: Introductory class for photography major. Instructor, Hua Jin
2014 Concordia University: Graduate class. Professor. Marisa Portolese
2012 Concordia University: Graduating class for photography majors. Professors, Jessica Auer, Marisa Portolese
2011 Concordia University : Introductory class for Photography Major. Professor, Jessica Auer
2010 OCAD University : Graduating class in Photography. Professor, April Hickox, Barbara Astman, and Jennifer Long
2009 OCAD University : Contemporary Issues. Professor, Betty Julian
2009 Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby
Ville de Montréal Art Collection
2010 OCAD M.C. McCain Post-Graduate Photography Residency
2015 Sightings 12: "Memories are Motionless," Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
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