Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Noa Im, The River I Must Cross I, 2015. HD Single channel-video, 07:30.
Noa Im, The River I Must Cross I, 2015. HD Single channel-video, 07:30.
Noa Im, Borderline Shadows, 2016. Tape Drawing Installation, Dimensions variable.
Noa Im, Borderline Shadows, 2016. Tape Drawing Installation, Dimensions variable.
Noa Im, The River I Must Cross II, 2016. HD Two channel-video, 06:53.
Noa Im, The River I Must Cross II, 2016. HD Two channel-video, 06:53.
Featured Exhibition

Noa Im
Beyond the Limits

May 2–25
Reception: May 9, 7–9pm

Ryerson Artspace
1214 Queen St W


Hours Wed–Fri 1pm–8pm
Sat–Sun 12pm–7pm

Noa Im examines questions of media, memory, and reality by investigating individual histories and portraying real human stories. Her work develops dreamlike narrative elements through the use of photography, video, and installation. Born in South Korea and moving between Seoul and Toronto, Im crosses geographical and temporal borders to challenge the way people see these liminal zones and the spaces between. As a South Korean barred from travelling in North Korea, the artist uses media imagery to create imaginary perspectives and juxtapositions that convey otherworldly utopias with sinister undercurrents.

The Yalu river borderlands between North Korea and China act 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 drawings, conjuring looming shadows and manipulated stills pulled from socialist films. By physically moving through the framework of her installation, the viewer is presented with ruminations on the media’s ability to provide access while also obscuring and abstracting.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.