Guryong Village in Seoul

Soohyun Kim's avatar Soohyun Kim

In Seoul, Guryong Village is the biggest shanty town in the Gangnam, the city’s wealthiest district. The town was built in the 1980s, ahead of the Seoul Olympic Games, as the city authorities pushed to refurbish forty humble districts, evicting thousands of residents from their homes in the process. More than 2,400 people now live in makeshift shelters amid some of Seoul’s most expensive real estate. My mother has lived in the town for the past decade, and I also lived there for three years. This past winter, I stayed with my mother in Guryong Village for five weeks in order to document the area while also providing photographic services such as passport photos and funerary images for the community. Drawing on my training as a photographer attuned to social and political issues, I have invested in making images that reveal complexities within the spaces, both physical and symbolic.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Archival Inkjet Print
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 40 inches