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Yu, Jinny M. J.
Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating?
2015

Jinny Yu’s site-specific installation, presented during the 56th Venice Biennale, comprises of a large three-dimensional painting with sound. Reflecting on the recent migration crises in the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Bengal, Yu’s new work explores one’s position within an increasingly globalized world. Using Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) as metaphor, the work explores a range of emotional responses and attitudes towards mass migration. The surface of Yu’s painting is broken up with hundreds of thousands of black ink brushstrokes that resemble a foreign mass, circling at a distance. The abstract marks cover the structure in a vortex, alluding to the threat of them swooping down, perpetuating the sense of unease. Among the accompanying chorus of incoherent English words and abstracted voices emerge phrases such as “You don’t think there’s something going around, do you?” and “They’re frightening the children.” The words are remixed, layered and repeated in a rhythmic yet unpredictable sequence of utterances interrupted by eerily segmented silences suggestive of a climax: the invasion by a foreign species. As our eyes and ears attempt to complete a narrative, the painting proposes an engagement with mass migration while poignantly revealing the emotional and instinctual, or perhaps learned and inherited, responses towards the phenomenon. This immersive environment questions individual prejudices and core beliefs about who constitutes “the other.” The abstracted marks and collaged sounds in Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating? act to describe a common response of animosity and suspicion towards migration, forming the social and political crux of this painting installation.

 
Yu, Jinny M. J.
Seoul, Korea 1976 KV:17708
Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating?
2015
Ink on fabric and sound installation
5.7 x 5.4 x 3.9 m; 1:42 loop (sound)
Purchase, the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program and the Donald Murray Shepherd Bequest Fund, 2016
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