Abai Village (North Korean refugees village in South Korea)
: 1st – 15th November 2016

아바이마을 사람들

Eom Sangbin

Chung-Ho in Kang-Won province is where refugees from Ham-Gyung province came, for reasons such as wanting to live close to hometown, military public welfare or fishing business. Today’s “Abai Village” is where those people built mud huts out of branches from the ocean, debris from ship wrecks, or discarded boxes from the American Army base’s garbage dumps. 60-70% of the population used to be refugees, but most of the first generation has passed away over 70 years. Unlike what it had seemed like, Chung-Ho has gone through various changes just like other parts of the world. For one thing, roads were built and old mud huts were reconstructed. Although living conditions have improved, the memory of the land cannot be erased. All we can do now is to reminisce about the people from history.

강원도 속초시 청호동은 한국전쟁 이후 고향 가까운 곳으로 가고자 하였
거나, 군 후생사업 또는 어로사업 등을 이유로 함경도 피난민들이 모여든
곳이다. 바닷가에서 주워온 나뭇가지나 부서진 뱃조각으로 뼈대를 세우
고 미군부대 쓰레기장에서 나온 상자로 벽을 만들어 움막을 짓고 피난살
이를 시작하면서 생겨난 부락이 오늘의 ‘아바이 마을’이다.

한때 6, 7할이 함경도 실향민이었지만 70년 가까운 세월이 지나면서 많
은 수의 피난 1세대들은 돌아가셨다. 세상이 개발로 하루가 다르게 변해
갈 때, 바뀔 것 같지 않던 이곳 청호동도 그동안 많이 달라졌다. 우선 없던
도로가 생기고 낡은 판잣집들도 다시 지어졌다. 하지만 생활여건이 좋아
졌다고 하여도 땅이 지니고 있는 기억은 지워질 수가 없는 일이다. 이제
는 그 역사의 주인공들을 사진으로 기억하고 추억할 뿐이다.


EOM, Sang-Bin
2001 MFA in Photography in Graduate School of Art and Design, Sangmyung University (majored in Photo Journalism), Seoul 1978 BS in Math Education Department, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon

Career in Photography
[Personal Exhibition]

2015 People in Gangwon-do, gallery Breson, Seoul| Changsin-dong People, gallery Space22, Seoul
2008 People like Wild Grasses, Dong-gang Photo Museum, Yeongwol, Gallery Wa, Yangpyeong, Goto Gallery, Daegu
2006 School Episodes, Sokcho Cultural Center, Sokcho Sound of Life, Sokcho Cultural Center, Sokcho
2001 Environment Photo Exhibition, Life Festival, Inje
1998 The Goseong Mountain Fire, Goseong Cultural Center, Goseong
1997 The Road to Chungho-dong, Kodak Photo Salon, Seoul, Sokcho Cultural Center, Sokcho
1995 Goseong, Today, Goseong Cultural Center, Goseong The Shinpyung-ri Landscape, Sokcho Cultural Center, Sokcho
1988 Mt. Mckinley, Kangwon Children’s Hall, Chuncheon
1987 Developing Area, Yemeak Art Museum, Gangneung

[Main Group Exhibition]

2008 Yesterday & Today III, Sokcho Municipal Museum, Busan Democracy Park, Sookmyung Women’s University Museum, Gunsan Citizen’s Culture Center, Gunsan
2004 Korea Documentary Photo 33 People’s Exhibition, Dong-gang Photo Museum, Yeongwol
2002 The 14th Motherland’s Mountains and Rivers – Photo Preview「Share 2002」, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul Dong-gang Photo Festival 2002, Dong-gang Photo Museum,Yeongwol
2000 Opening Exhibition of Kwangwhamoon Gallery – 「Seoul’s Conversation Topic is Pyongyang 」, Kwangwhamoon Gallery, Seoul Korean Academy of Photojournalists Exhibition-「4.13 Presidential Election」, Sejong Culture Hall, Seoul
1999 Korea Photo Journalists’ Exhibition, Sejong Culture Hall, Seoul
1999 Seoul Grand Photography Exhibition-「The Photograph Looks at Us」, Seoul Municipal Museum, Seoul
1998 Korea Photo Journalists’ Exhibition, Jaha Gallery, Seoul. Korea Environmental Photo Exhibition – 「The Beautiful Land」,Youngpoong BookStore Event Hall, Seoul
1997 Invitation Exhibition of Local Photographer of National Photography Association of Korea(NPAK), Gallery Indeco,Seoul
1999 Gangwon Photos Today, Sokcho, Gangneung, Chuncheon Korea Environmental Photo Exhibition – 「Where else but this Land?」, Seoul, Daejeon, Gwangju, Daegu, Busan, Jeju
1996 One Photo, One Mind, Gallery Indeco, Seoul Exhibition on Tour of Gangwon branch of NPAK, Sokcho, Gangneung, Donghae
1995 Exhibition on Tour of Gangwon branch of NPAK, Sokcho,Gangneung, Donghae Exhibition of Our Environment 1995, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul
Project Exhibition for 50th Anniversary of Korean Liberation, Sokcho Cultural Center, Sokcho

[Photo Books]
2015 People in Gangwon-do, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul Changsin-dong People, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul
2012 Abaimaeul People, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul
2011 Fifty Years of the Pyeongchang Remote Mountain Village, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul
2008 People like Wild Grasses, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul
2006 School Episodes, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul Sound of Life, NoonBit Publishing Co., Seoul
1998 The Road to Chungho-dong, Father’s Village in Sokcho, Il Publishing Co., Seoul
1993 Himalaya Annapurna Fang, Kwangmyung Publishing Co.,Sokcho
1988 Mt. Mckinley, Daesung Publishing Co., Gangneung [Photo Collection] Dong-gang Photo Museum, Yeongwol Sokcho Municipal Museum, Sokcho


엄상빈 / 嚴湘彬 / EOM, Sangbin 엄상빈(嚴湘彬)은 1954년생으로 상명대 예술?디자인대학원에서는 사진을 전공했다.  개인전으로 <개발지구>(1987), <청호동 가는 길>(1997), <학교 이야기>(2006), <들풀 같은 사람들>(2008), <창신동 이야기>(2015), <강원도의 힘>(2015) 등이 있다.  광화문 갤러리 개관 기념초대전 <서울의 화두는 평양>(2000), <한국다큐멘터리사진 33인전>(2004), 20세기민중생활사연구단 기획초대전 <어제와 오늘3>(2008) 등 다수의 기획전 및 단체전에 참여하였다.  사진집으로는 『청호동 가는 길』(일, 1998), 『생명의 소리』(눈빛, 2006), 『학교 이야기』(눈빛, 2006), 『들풀 같은 사람들』(눈빛, 2008), 『평창 두메산골 50년』(한상복 ? 엄상빈 공저) (눈빛, 2011), 『아바이마을 사람들』 (2012, 눈빛), 『창신동 이야기』(눈빛, 2015), 『강원도의 힘』(눈빛, 2015) 등 십여 권이 있으며 동강사진박물관 등에 작품이 소장되어 있다.





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