About the photographer – Sehong Ahn

Born in Gangwon province in 1971, Ahn Sehong grew up and educated in Seoul. He took an interest in photos and started to take Korean traditional mask dances during his junior school. Since then he has been taking documentary photos based upon the underprivileged such topics as the disabled, comfort women, human rights, and so on. He took an interest in Korean religious philosophy and culture in search of the root of Korean psyche, and this led him to study shamanism, Buddhism and folklore. As a result of this he is currently working on the photographs such topics compared Korean shamanism with Japanese one and other Asian ones as well. Also he have performs the Juju-project which holds the photo exhibitions, lectures, and study the historical record of Comfort Women, those are planning to hold around 12 cities in Japan, Korea and major cities in the West (e.g. London, New York, Berlin, Paris).

Solo exhibitions
2012 ‘Gyeobgyeob (重重= lit. means ‘layer by layer)’: Documentaries of the victimized Korean women called ‘Comfort Women for Japanese Soldiers’ left in China. (at Nikon salon, Tokyo, Japan)
2011 ‘Honmu (魂巫 = lit. means ‘soul’ & ‘shaman’)’: Bodily gestures of a shaman that evoke spirits. Sponsored by Korean Culture & Arts Committee (at Place M, Tokyo, Japan)
2010 ‘Haemu (海巫 = lit. means ‘sea’ & ‘shaman’)’: Rituals for good haul. Sponsored by Korean Culture & Arts Committee (at Athens Gallery, Osaka, Japan)
2010 ‘Woori Hakgyo (= Our School)’: The Korean School in Japan. Sponsored by Korean Net Aichi
(at Willaichi, Nagoya, Japan)
2003 ‘Gyeobgyeob (重重= lit. means ‘layer by layer)’: Documentaries of the victimized Korean women called ‘Comfort Women for Japanese Soldiers’ left in China. (at Alternative Space Pool, Seoul, Korea)
1998 ‘The Beautiful Flowers of the Flower Village’ (at Silsang Temple, Korea)

Group exhibitions
2010 ‘Haebangchon’: An Alley (at Pushike Gallery, Nagoya, Japan)
2006 ‘Time of a Face, A Face of Time’. (at Artspace Hue, Seoul, Korea)
2003 ‘Nunbagge Nada (= Out of Favor). Sponsored by the National Human Rights Committee (at Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
1998 ‘Comfort Women for Japanese Soldiers’: Three Korean Women. (at Sinsegye Department Store Gallery, Changwon, Korea)
1993 ‘Woori (= We)’: Friends of Love. Sponsored by the Asia’s disabled People ‘Friends of Love’

ACITIVITES
2007~ present Director of the Photograph Section for Korean Folklore Society
2001~2003 Photo journalist of ‘Disaejip’ – the Yearly Journal Korean Traditional Culture
1999 Work on The Collection of Korean Traditional Temples: Southern areas of the Chungcheong Province Vols. 1 & 2
1992~1995 Photo journalist for both Monthly Journals ‘Social Critique’ & ‘The Way of Social Critique’

PUBLISHED BOOKS
2004 Comfort Women. Publisher: Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
2003 Nunbagge Nada (= Out of Favor). Publisher: Humanist
2002 Korean Comfort Women for Japanese Soldiers Who Were Drawn With Force to China 2. Publisher: Hanul