Fencing in the “Punjabi Market” on the south side of the intersection at 49th and Main
Yoon’s work dealt with a broad notion of translation through gestures of recontextualization.
As a recent immigrant to Canada, Yoon gained a view to the challenges faced by global nomadic citizens. “Intended for you Alone,” her new work for this exhibition, was based on research into the Komagata Maru incident in 1914, especially the experiences of women who were prevented from joining their families, and whose lives were shifted dramatically in the new land. The artwork consisted of a 45m banner wrapped around a construction site in Vancouver’s rapidly changing Punjabi market. The text was appropriated from Kafka’s well-known parable Before the Law; a Q&A excerpt reflects the dynamics of global migration across jurisdictions.