Border Korea by Yusuke Hishida

1 – 10 November 2019

Introduction: ‘Border/Korea’

How far can a line on a map change the people’s live?
‘border/korea’ is a project in which all possibilities contributing to the change are considered by juxtaposing two pictures that were photographed in the heart of Pyongyang, North Korea, and Seoul, South Korea in all situations: students in school uniforms, soldiers guarding at the military demarcation line, people riding on the bus/subway or putting up umbrellas in the rain, etc.

The two cities are separated by around 190 kilometers distance and people are leading their own lives, respectively. The choices that have been made for the past 65 years have made the one race into the totally different ones although they share similar names and faces. A new-born baby could become a North Korean or a South Korean depending on at which city they are born. In this project, I would pose a question what a country/society means and how we should live on as human beings.


About The Artist: Yusuke Hishida  Photographer / video director based in Tokyo who documents the manifestations of living history.


2017 “border | korea”

2014 “2011” (vnc / document walking to the site of 2011)

2011 “Aftermath -Pictures after the earthquake-“ (co-author with the photo critic Mr.Kotaro Iizawa, NTT Publishing)

2006 ”BESLAN” (SHIMPOO SHA / a story of a school attacked by terror of Chechen power)

2005 “One day,” (GETSUYO SHA / Daily life of NY, Afghanistan, Iraq)


2010 “portraits of Pyongyang, portraits of Seoul”(CANON New Cosmos Honorable mention)

2008 “Kunasiri” (CANON New Cosmos Honorable mention)

2006 “In Our School” (Nikon Miki Jun Encouragement Prize)


2016 “border/korea” Daegu Photo Biennale (Daegu, Korea)

2016“border/Syria” Suwon Photo Festival (Suwon, Korea)

2014 “41st month 2011”(Miyagi, Sendai Mediatheque)

2012 “border/McD”(Osaka, Bloom Gallery)

“border/korea”(Documentary Arts Asia, Chiang Mai, Thailand)

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