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Hye-Seung Jung, Chebudong Project 1, Pencil drawings, shelves, strings, map, table, Dimensions variable, 2008

Memory and Place

Jing Yuan Huang, Hye-Seung Jung, Marissa Largo

Main Gallery

January 9 – February 6, 2009

Essay by:

Memory and Place does not offer consolation or imaginary safety for diasporia’s losses. The subjectivities that are symbolized by the artists are looking here and there, backward and forward, inward and outward, but none of the migrations of time, place or memory are linear, easily mapped, or complete. Not only do the works of Jing Yuan Huang, Hye-Seung Jung, and Marissa Largo not invoke tradition or recoup ‘ethnic identity’ – which might fill the gaps of diasporic emptiness – the images refuse the stability of identity. And what they communicate are openings and new beginnings: not answers or cemented memories, but subjectivities in motion.


Jing Yuan Huang completed her BFA at Concordia University, Montreal, in 2005. In 2008, she received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been presented in artist-run centers in 7 provinces across Canada. The media and the processes she chooses to work with, well serve her subject matter, that being subjective identity in Diaspora and how one can understand memory of a place, or a state as a shifting creature with a fairly specific history and a gender.

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