Garbage Bag, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from the series Homecoming Artist: Suyeon Yun (Korean, born 1972, M.F.A. 2008)



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In Suyeon Yun’s Garbage Bag, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the viewer’s attention is first drawn to the ordinary trash bag slumped on the sidewalk at the lower right corner of the print. From that point, the large-scale photograph invites a closer look at the other details, from the vivid basket of flowers to the row of brightly colored storefronts receding into the distance. At the top of the image, a banner commemorates a local U.S. Army sergeant who died overseas, introducing an unexpected connection between two distant places: Pennsylvania and Iraq. This photograph is part of Yun’s Homecoming series, which focuses on the psychological aftereffects of war that some soldiers experience upon returning home, where even a garbage bag could seem threatening, animate, or mournful.


Chromogenic print


image: 127 × 95.5 cm (50 × 37 5/8 in.)
framed: 156.2 × 115.6 cm (61 1/2 × 45 1/2 in.)

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Promised gift of Nancy D. Grover

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20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


  • Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 296–97, no. 75, fig. 1.

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chromogenic color prints


Women artists

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