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Suyeon Yun February 20, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in South Korea.
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From the series “Incomplete Journey” Seoul, Korea 2005

Suyeon Yun (b.1972, South Korea) earned her MFA in photography at Yale University (2008), BFA in photography from Art Institute of Boston (2003).  She recently won several awards including the Daum Prize 2008 from the Geonhi Art Foundation, the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship  from Yale University, and  the Tierney Fellowship from Tierney Family Art Foundation. Since 2003 her work has been about themes related to refugees and the U.S. military. She is currently based in the Middle East and United States for her third war series.

About the Photograph:

“North Koreans have been crossing the border into China in search of refuge since the height of their famine in the 1990s. Seeking resettlement, the majority of North Koreans transit through a host of other countries before finally settling in South Korea, as a final destination of hardship journey for years. Incomplete Journey was made over three years and focuses on North Koreans living in South Korea. The photographer employed North Korean refugees as interviewers, location scouts and directors of photography. Together, they worked to locate the Korean War and its living social context, nearly 55 years since the war had been stopped and forgotten.”