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Ryerson Artspace: ‘Beyond the Limits’ by Noa Im

Beyond the Limits: Noa Im
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 2- 25

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 7-9 pm


The Yalu River borderlands between North Korea and China as a tourist attraction to some, but are inaccessible to South Koreans, who can only explore this landscape through media. In a two-channel video, Im explores the border’s dual nature, pairing an interview with a North Korean refugee who dreams of unification alongside images of tourists casually viewing the river. Im presents a sense of anxiety and foreboding in an installation of tape drawing, conjuring looming shadows and manipulated stills pulled from socialist films. By physically moving through the framework of her installation, the viewer is presented with rumination of the media’s ability to provide access while also obscuring and abstracting.

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Noa Im was born in South Korea and currently works in both Seoul and Toronto. She primarily works in experimental and documentary forms, including video, photography, and installation. By investigating histories and using interview footage and archival images to see how we shape our surroundings, Im explores how physical spaces reflect the ideas, beliefs, and cultures of a particular time and space.