Hua Jin is a visual artist based in Montreal Canada, whose work has been exhibited internationally including in Canada, USA, China, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Jin received her MFA at Concordia University, Montreal, and her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Jin’s works are included in many publications and public collections which include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. Jin’s projects have been supported by both the Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ). In 2018, Jin received the finaugural Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Jin received the Joseph-Amand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada for her graduate study. Jin was the Emerging Artist of the 2012 Vancouver Mayor Art in Visual Art; the winner of Canadian SnapStar photo competition, the winner of TOP20 Chinese Contemporary Photographer Award.
Originally trained as an artist with a focus on photography, Jin is currently expanding her interests to include multimedia practices. Jin is exploring the relationship between photography and video, installation, and drawing. Through her constant interest in nature, Jin’s works contemplate the idea of permanence and change, and the evanescent quality of existence. From the perspectives of culture, history, geography, anthropology, and philosophy, Jin’s artistic practices aim to examine nature, to observe and document changes, to trace the passing of time, and to contemplate the circle of life and death. Jin also tells stories about diverse but important changes: such as those resulting from migration; or those resulting from government policies impacting the Chinese family structure. Through Jin’s long-term and on-going projects—Dundee, and My Big Family—Jin is addressing the fundamental question of how transience determines our meaning.