Public to decide if Vancouver artist gets $50,000 prize



    VANCOUVER, May 8 /CNW/ - Vancouver-based artist Jin-me Yoon is one of
four nominees in this year's Art Gallery of Ontario's Grange Prize, but it
will be up to the public to decide if she will be granted the $50,000 award.
    Voters have until May 20 to select their favourite contemporary
photographic artist of the two nominees from Canada and two from the
international community chosen by a professional curatorial panel. This year
the international candidates were selected from Mexico. A selection of works
by Yoon and the other three nominees can be viewed at the online voting site
at http://www.thegrangeprize.com/Vote.
    As one of the nominees, Yoon has been granted an artist residency in
Mexico and her work will be featured in exhibitions both at the AGO and in the
Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. Her photographic work contributes to the
important discussion of place and identity. Works such as Souvenirs of the
Self (1991) incorporate subtle humour and irony to question ideas of nation
and inclusion in iconic Canadian tourist landscapes.
    Yoon has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. She lives
and works in Vancouver, teaching at the School for the Contemporary Arts at
Simon Fraser University. Jin-me Yoon is represented by the Catriona Jeffries
Gallery. Images of her work are available at
http://catrionajeffries.com/b_jm_yoon_works.html and http://jin-meyoon.ca/
    The Grange Prize was launched in 2008 to engage the public in its focus
on the best in Canadian and international contemporary photography. As part of
the program the AGO works with a different partner museum in another country.
This partner museum launches the Prize in that country, and helps garner
public interest and enthusiasm for the four artist candidates. The winner will
be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Art Gallery of Ontario on
Thursday May 26.

    High-resolution images of the artist or her work available by media
request, contact Catriona Jeffries Gallery.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Charo Neville, Catriona Jeffries
Gallery, Ph: (604) 736-1554, E-mail: cat_jeffries_gallery@telus.net

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