Trauma and Visual Art | Suh Yongsun and Jeff Thomas

May 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 140, YYZ Gallery
401 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

6:30pm reception
7:00 to 8:30pm presentation

Suh Yongsun is a prominent South Korean artist who has engaged with subjects of history, war, myth, tragedy and urban scenery. He produced numerous paintings that explore the relationships between history and memory, between the collective and the individual, and between aesthetics and social ethics. His paintings deal with tragic disasters such as the Korean War (1950-53) and the Sewol ferry disaster (2014) convey stories of socially victimized individuals and express affective feelings of agony, pain and despair in his distinctive pictorial languages. Suh won the Artist of the Year 2009 at the National Museum of contemporary Art, Korea, and had numerous solo exhibitions in Seoul, New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Osaka and Melbourne.

Jeff Thomas is an independent curator and photographer. He deals with issues of aboriginality that have arisen at the intersections of Native and non-Native cultures in what is now Ontario and northern New York state. He has been involved in major projects at prominent cultural institutions in Canada. As demonstrated in his curatorial projects, publications, and exhibitions, he is committed to work on issues of race, aboriginality and gender in both archival and contemporary photography dealing with Aboriginal peoples.

This event is part of a series presented by the Summer Institute at the Department of Visual Art and Art History & the York Centre for Asian Research. For more information visit

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