Jin-me Yoon looks across an ocean and through time in Long View, examining the events that move people, and how they also shape the future. This intercultural, intergenerational study for LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017 builds on past work by the artist, who emigrated from Seoul to Vancouver in 1968.
And it’s brimming with the questions so many of us share — questions of migration, belonging and the true nature of home. It transports us to the rugged western edge of the country, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (BC) with its wide-open view of the Pacific Ocean. For Yoon, this view inspires a consideration of past, present and future relations between Canada and Asia. It resonates with Long View’s community engagement events, which include a series of discussions that explore the Cold War history of the Pacific Rim and also investigate ideas of place from both Indigenous and immigrant perspectives. Finally, it yields the contemplative images — both moving and still — that are used to produce a series of postcards for Long View, as well as a video. These show the artist and her family on the beach, and afford us a unique lens through which to view self, place, belonging and race within the context of Canadian identity.
Jin-me Yoon’s Long View consists of a postcard set and video work created at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The final film is available online and at various screenings. The postcard set has been distributed nationally to universities, galleries, community and artist run centres.