Sasha Welland Explores the Histories and Aesthetics Embodied in Jin-me Yoon’s Untunnelling Vision

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Sasha Welland standing at a podium in front of a larger projection screen featuring text and an image of Jin-me Yoon’s artwork title "Untunnelling Vision"
Sasha Welland sitting on a small stage with three panelists
Sasha Welland standing with the three panelists and artist Jin-me Yoon smiling for camera pictures

On October 28, Sasha Welland gave a talk titled "The Art of Living Amid the Rubble of Sedimented Histories: Here and There, Then and When" at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). The event was co-sponsored by Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the David Lam Centre at Simon Fraser University. Her talk traced the processes of research, relation-making, and audio-visual synesthetic form involved in the durational creation of Jin-me Yoon’s Untunnelling Vision, currently on view at VAG in the exhibit Jin-me Yoon: About Time. This piece comprised of video, photography, performance, and installation brings a kaleidoscope of aesthetic experiments to bear on the sedimented histories of colonialism, militarism and extractivism in the borderlands of Tsuut’ina Nation and the City of Calgary. The discussion of Yoon’s work also featured respondents Olivia Michiko Gagnon (Assistant Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, UBC) and Allen Baylosis (Ph.D. student, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, UBC) and was moderated by Olivia Lim.