About

SOJIN CHUN –  BIO

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soJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist working in video and installation.  Chun’s experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada influences her work, which looks at the idiosyncratic moments of everyday life in its inconclusive and contradictory nature.  Chun is interested in telling narratives that emerge in-between cultures in contemporary times.

In 2018, Chun was an artist-in-residence at MAWA in Winnipeg, Canada.  Through participatory art residencies, soJin has developed a collaborative art practice to investigate local narratives of political struggles in Latin America from communities fighting to overcome the effects of colonization and globalization.  She has produced work in Serbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Taiwan and Canada.

Chun has participated in video screenings and exhibitions internationally.  Most recently, she participated in a performative street intervention titled Tamales Aturquesados at El Encuentro conference in Mexico City.  She also had a duo exhibition with June Pak at SAY Artspace/Gallery in Seoul, Korea.  soJin’s video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto).

Community development, arts education and facilitation are also part of soJin’s practice. Chun is committed to working with youth in local communities to make art-making accessible as a tool for telling alternative narratives.  Inspired by Paulo Freire’s thoughts on pedagogy, soJin creates and programs art workshops that are envisioned in collaboration with participants.

SOJIN CHUN

CURRICULUM VITAE

AWARDS/ GRANTS  

2018                   Toronto Arts Council:  Media Artists Program – Mid Career

                            Canada Council for the Arts:  Research and Creation – Mid Career

                            Canada Council for the Arts:  Travel Assistance to Media Artists

2016                   Ontario Arts Council:  Access and Career Development

                            Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Assistance to Media Artists

2015                   Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance to Visual Artists

2014                   Award for Top 10 Projects – XIX Biennale of Visual Arts in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

                            Toronto Arts Council:  Media Artist Grant – Mid Career

                            Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Assistance to Media Artists

2012                    Ontario Arts Council: National and International Residencies

2011                    Letters from the Sky Festival:  Green Conscience Award, South Africa

2010                   Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Assistance to Media Artists

                            Ontario Arts Council: Emerging Artist Visual Arts & Exhibition Assistance

2009                   Ontario Arts Council: Access and Career Development & Exhibition Assistance

2004                   Ontario Arts Council:  Emerging Visual Arts, & Exhibition Assistance

EDUCATION

Sept. 2006 ~ May 2009            MA in Communications and Culture, York University, Toronto, Canada

Sept. 1996 ~ Apr. 2000             BAA in Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

May – Jun. 2000                        Certificate in Photography, Maine Digital Workshops, Maine, USA

SELECT SCREENINGS (Full List Available Upon Request)

Jun. 2019           Exquisite Corpse Video Project 6, Videoformes @ Tel Aviv, Israel

Apr. 2019           Exquisite Corpse Video Project 6, Now & After Video Art Festival, Moscow, Russia

Apr. 2019           Treasure Hill Camouflage @ Tar Beach, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA

Mar. 2019          Exquisite Corpse Video Project 6, Videoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Oct. 2018           Muestra de Mujeres, Cine Toro, Toro, Colombia

Sep. 2018           Exquisite Corpse Video Project 6, GIV, Montreal, Canada

Aug. 2018           Exposure to the Elements, CMFDC screening, Arkipel Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Jul. 2018             Exquisite Corpse Video Project  6, Clinic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Jun. 2017            Diversidad, Alucine Latino Film & Media Festival, Toronto, Canada

May. 2017           Muestra Internacional de Mujeres, Festival de Cine Experimental, Bogota, Colombia

Mar. 2017           Exquisite Corpse Video Project 5, Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Feb. 2017            MIX New York, NYC, NY

Dec. 2016           Exquisite Corpse Video Project 5, Montage Express, North Point, Hong Kong

Oct. 2016            Exquisite Corpse Video Project 5, Contemporary Art Rurh, Media Art Fair, Germany

Oct. 2016            Multiplex, Nuit Blanche 2016, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Jun. 2016            Exquisite Corpse Video Project 5, Central Galerie, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mar. 2016           BAFNET meet ‘n’ screen, F.A.Q. Laden, Berlin, Germany

Feb. 2016            GIV le 40e: D’icitte et d’ailleurs, Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, France

Jan. 2016            GIV le 40e: D’icitte et d’ailleurs, Elles Tournent Dames, Brussel, Belgium

Aug. 2015           ReAct, Parkdale Film & Video Showcase, PARC, Toronto, Canada

Apr. 2015            VideOntario Outwards Manifestations, SAW Video, Ottawa, Canada

                              GIV Presentation, Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mount-Royal, Montreal, Canada

Oct. 2014            Jornadas de Reapropiación, Mexico City, Mexico

                             Turning to Night, Le Petite Versailles Garden, New York, New York

Aug. 2014           Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Cartagena, Colombia

May 2014            VTape’s Screening, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

                              AIVA Video Art Festival, Finspång, Sweden

Mar. 2014           Laidak, Berlin, Germany

                              Atelier Sofia Underground, Sofia, Bulgaria

Jan. 2014            Media X, Videopool, Winnipeg, Canada

Nov. 2013            Media X, Gallerywest, Toronto, Canada

                              Counter Move, Toronto International Reelasian Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

Oct. 2013            Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

                              Monitor 9, SAVAC, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Canada

Aug. 2013           Monitor 9, SAVAC, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada

Jul. 2013             Strange Representations, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

Jun. 2013            North Bay’s Asian Film Festival, Capitol Centre, North Bay, Canada

Apr. 2013            Monitor 9, SAVAC, no.w.here, London, England

Mar. 2013           Monitor 9, SAVAC, Innis Town Hall, Toronto, Canada

Oct. 2012            LAKINO Latin American Short Film Festival Berlin, Kino Babilon, Berlin, Germany

Jul. 2012             Tempo Forte, Casa das Caldeiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Jun. 2012            Digital Breakdown/Animation, Montreal Underground Film Festival Montreal, Canada

Apr. 2012            AIVA, Angelholm International Video Art Festival, Angelholm, Sweden

Feb. 2012            Toronto New Works – Pleasuredome, Toronto, Canada

2011~2012          Letters from the Sky: Experimental Films Canada Climate Change, South Africa.

Dec. 2011             Sessao Corredor, Ateliê397, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nov. 2011            Databaz, Angoulême, France

Sep. 2011             Watertowerfest, Sophia, Bulgaria

Jun. 2011            Objectifs, Singapore

Apr. 2011            Museum of Modern Art’s VideoArt Cycle, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mar. 2011           Queen’s Museum in New York, NY

                             Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina

                             I am Braziliality, London, England

Sept. 2009          Nuit Blanche, The Rhino Animated Film Fest, Toronto, Canada

SELECT EXHIBITIONS (Full list available upon request)

2019                    El Encuentro Conference, Tamales Aturquesados performance,  Mexico City, Mexico

2019                    Colour Theory, SAY Artspace/Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2019                    Expanded Cinema, Aturquesada, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

2019                    FLUX-CITIES, Bradley Museum, Mississauga, Canada (Solo)

2018                    Exquisite Corpse Video Project 5, Gwen Frostic, Western Michigan University, USA

2017                     Junction Arts Fest, Aturquesada Performance, Toronto, Canada

                             El Encuentro – The Hemispheric Conference, Aturquesada performance, Santiago, Chile

                             Festival of Alternative Arts Sudbury, Sudbury, Canada

2015                   The Spectrum of Hypergeometric Distribution, PNR COLLECTIVE, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Canada  (Collective solo)

                            Feelings Exhibition, Alucine Latino Film & Media Festival, Toronto, Canada

2014                   XIX Biennale of Visual Arts in Santa Cruz, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (solo)

                            El Encuentro – The Hemispheric conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2013~2014        Architecture of Boom, PNR Collective, Attic Gallery, Taipei Taiwan  (Collective solo)

2013                    Autores en Selection, FotoNoviembre, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (solo)

2013                    Strange Representations, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

2012~2013         The Gaze, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

2012                    Mostra de Imagem em Movimento, SESCTV, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                             Traffic Jam#2, Cross Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

                             Festival de Imagen e Movimento, SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2011                     Lost Secret of the Royal exhibition for the Reelasian Film Festival, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                              Atlantica Colectiva, FotoNoviembre Festival, Tenerife, Canary Island

                             Fraction Memory, OCADU Graduate Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010                    Then & Now, A-Space Windows Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                             That was then, This is Now, Zoellner Arts Centre, Leigh University Art Gallery, USA

                             Traffic Jam #1, Matilha Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009                    Residency Exhibition, Loznica Cultura Centre, Trsic, Serbia

                              Cut and Paste Project, Gallery 44 Vitrines, Toronto, Canada

2008                    ReMaking KM6, Kiosko Galeria, SantaCruz, Bolivia (solo)

                              Contacting Toronto 08, TTC Subways – Toronto, Canada

2007                    El Placer, IPN, Mexico City, Mexico

                              Alter-Toronto, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

2006                    X Margins, Propeller Gallery – Toronto, Canada

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018                    Mentoring Artist for Women’s Art (MAWA), Winnipeg, Canada

2016                    CAPACETE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014                    Treasure Hill Artist Village, -ALSO Collective, Taipei, Taiwan

2012                    Treasure Hill Artist Village, Traffic Jam Project #2, Taipei, Taiwan

2010                    Casa das Caldeiras, Traffic Jam Project #1, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009                    Loznica Cultural Centre, and Belgrado School of Fine Arts, Trisc, Serbia

2008                    Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  Funded by Triangle Foundation.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Present                Outreach Programmer, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada

2017 ~ 2018       Board of Directors, Pleasuredome, Toronto, Canada

                              Board of Directors, CPAMO, Toronto, Canada

2017                     Festival Programmer, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2015 ~ 2016       Newcomer Artist Advisory Committee, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto, Canada

2009 ~ 2016       Head of Education & Community Outreach, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada

DISTRIBUTION   

V-Tape & Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (Toronto); GIV, (Montreal), Canada

COLLECTION     

Zoellner Arts Centre, Leigh University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, U.S.

LANGUAGES     

Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish.   Verbal fluency in Korean.

Intermediate level Portuguese.