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District Library Gallery

Drop by the second floor of the Lynn Valley Library to check out the District Library Gallery. The District Library Gallery is part of the Art in the Community Programme facilitated by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council in partnership with the Library.
 
 

Taehoon Kim | Finding My Father at Yongpyong
February 13—April 29
Reception: Thursday, April 11 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

As part of Capture Photography Festival, North Van Arts and North Vancouver District Public Library present Finding My Father at Yongpyong, a series of works by Vancouver-based artist Taehoon Kim that capture a journey of personal and familial exploration through photography.

From 1974 to 1993, the artist’s father, Kwahn W. Kim, worked as the chief architect of Yongpyong Ski Resort, one of the host sites of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

When it opened, Yongpyong was the first ski resort in South Korea, marking a turning point in the country’s history where everyday Koreans could afford leisure activities—a remarkable feat considering the country was one of the world’s poorest following the Korean War of the 1950s.

When Kim’s father retired, his family immigrated to Canada. Although the artist knew Yongpyong was one of his father’s great accomplishments, he didn’t talk about his work much, and Kim didn’t ask his father about it either. The artist and his father lived the story many first-generation immigrants know too well: with fewer and fewer places to find common ground, they drifted apart in their new home country.

Kwahn W. Kim died in 2005 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. For the artist, the hardest part of mourning was realizing he had barely known his father.

When Pyeongchang was named the host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Kim went to see the resort he had heard so much about growing up. He wanted to learn more about him by spending time in the place where he had poured his heart and soul. 

In the photographs of Finding My Father at Yongpyong, the Kim hopes to capture his father’s spirit, presence, and legacy. Taehoon Kim is a visual storyteller based in Vancouver, B.C. His documentary and journalism work, in stills and in film, has earned recognition from Diversify Photo, Photo District News (PDN) and News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC). His images have appeared on The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed News and others. Taehoon also currently works as the visual media specialist at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C. His client work focuses on nonfiction visual stories that showcase the impact of education and non-profit institutions.

 

Media Contact: Exhibitions Manager | george@nvartscouncil.ca | 604 988 6844 | nvartscouncil.ca 

For more information about the District Library Gallery, see the Exhibitions section of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council website.