In his ongoing job, “What simply cannot see,” Dutch photographer Dion Bierdrager confronts the severe realities of gentrification in his recent neighborhood, Bogwang-dong, in Seoul, South Korea. Set to be demolished and redeveloped in the coming many years, in what will be Korea’s premier redevelopment job, the place has been neglected in the meantime, building it much more reasonably priced than other nearby neighborhoods. Stretching from Seoul Central Mosque to the Han River, Bogwang-dong has historically been a minimal-income area in which sleepy corner shops, butchers, and uncomplicated industry stalls run by South Koreans, rub shoulders with Arab, Turkish, and Pakistani dining establishments and grocers and hipster boutiques. Now the people reside below the shadow of looming dislocation.
“What just cannot see” is a visible journey as a result of the different hotel rooms and residences Bierdrager lived in just before he located his residence in Bogwang-dong. “The operate is juxtaposing the swiftly changing cityscapes from the heat and range I professional in a community that has been neglected for two a long time,” he explains. “I commenced to photograph strangers, buddies I built although residing there, the landscape, and its diversity. Resulting in a portrait that expresses a special elegance within just the chaos and imperfections of this put, displaying a diverse side of Seoul that is unidentified by lots of. A assorted neighborhood that is surrounded by areas in which new, deluxe condominium properties and skyscrapers are popping out of the floor like weeds. It is the unavoidable fate that will shortly be mirrored by Bogwang-dong.”
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