Seeing is not perceiving what we see through our eyes. It is feeling something invisible, or something that is obviously there, but invisible. The first impression we feel when seeing a person is not merely to see his or her face but to know it as it is. It is not about something, but to know something. Direct Insight into the object.
Do you see the moon when I see the sun? Even if I close my eyes, he is there and I am here. Even though we are near here, we see different things. He comes to me as he is there, and I go to him as I am here. There is something between us. Why do these women do as they are asked? A man acts while a woman is seen? Why do we try to be seen, not to see? My practice to see comes the place where the world of those women is to be seen. Starting from what I see to what you are as seen by somebody else. The chasm between what I view and what those women are seen. The dim gaze that looks at me again.
Most of these photographs were taken in Bundang, a boom town not far from Seoul, the capital of Korea. It seems to me that it is a forgotten city that buried all of its memories, without recollections, and with no flavors of life. Trying to perceive its interior space from a distance, I have found something not unique that we saw somewhere. It appears as a manipulated movie set and a place where happiness is made. In this place there is a slide between dissonance and consonance, which come from relationships between urban space and man.
The world speaks to us as if we may reach when we try for some more. To me, this is like an oasis. Saying it is what I want, I reach out my hands, but it is like a mirage, which is not attainable.
Yisook Sohn lives and works in Seoul, Korea. She received her BA in Korean literature from the Ewha Woman’s University and completed her MFA course in photography from the Graduate School of Sangmyung University at Seoul in 2007. She had her first solo exhibition this April. View website.