Other Outstanding Questions: Jin-me Yoon, A Group of Sixty-Seven

Jin-me Yoon, A Group of Sixty Seven, 1996, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, Photo: Flickr

Jin-me Yoon, A Group of Sixty Seven, 1996, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, Photo: Flickr

Other Outstanding Questions: A Group of Sixty-Seven

Graduate Paper in Art History, Concordia University, 2003

The trajectory of Jin-me Yoon’s work from “marginal” critique to mainstream proposition is an interesting case-study of “identity politics” in an institutional frame that is grappling with the ideals of cultural diversity posited by official multiculturalism, on one hand, and the ideals of cultural difference posited by post-colonial theory, on the other. By centering my analysis on the formal articulation of A Group of Sixty-Seven as well as on the theoretical assumptions undergirding its production and reception, I intend to indicate the political implications of its projected content – that “truth” is located somewhere outside and that this “outside” is essential and transcendental.

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