JUNE PAK (she/her) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and now lives in Tkaronto/ Toronto, Canada. Coming from her personal experience of living in Canada as a Korean-Canadian, she questions what it means to be visible and how to represent invisible aspects of the complicated and lived experience of racialized peoples. For her ongoing performative work called Invisible Transformation Project, she paints a white wall in yellow, then paints it back to white. For those who don’t know the existence of the yellow layer underneath the white wall, the wall is just a wall. But once you realize the presence of the yellow paint, the wall is no longer just a wall. She is currently collecting stories associated with names in Canada and Korea. The form of oral storytelling in this work, NAME Project (working title), is a vehicle for sharing invisible and complex histories of those who experienced migration and/or wanted to proclaim their new identity
Her multi-disciplinary works have shown in Canada and abroad. She received numerous grants for her projects and research from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. She was awarded the K.M Hunter Artist Award in Visual Arts (2004) and the Chalmers Arts Fellowship for her research in Korea (2017). She teaches as a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto (Visual Studies program) and OCAD University (Cross-Disciplinary Art and Integrated Media Programs).
[도시충;동, 예술충;동], Suwon Public Art Project, artistic director Park Chankook, GyoDong, Suwon, KR https://publicartsuwon.com/, October 23 - November 7, 2021
Art Bop, International Project on Art-Labour-Bop (in Korean, 'bop' (a bowl of rice) can carry multiple meanings: daily meal, well-being, survival), Alternative Artspace - IPO, Mullae Art Village, Seoul, Korea, November - December, 2020
Alliances & Commonalities, Artistic Research Conference, Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm, Sweden, October 22-24, 2020
Colour Theory: The Visible and Invisible, artspace SAY, Seoul, KR, May, 2019
Flickering and In-Motion, Alternative Space - Ipo, Seoul, KR, April, 2019