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“What cannot see” by Photographer Dion Bierdrager

In his ongoing challenge, “What can’t see,” Dutch photographer Dion Bierdrager confronts the cruel realities of gentrification in his present neighborhood, Bogwang-dong, in Seoul, South Korea. Set to be demolished and redeveloped within the coming years, in what will likely be Korea’s largest redevelopment challenge, the world has been uncared for within the meantime, making it extra inexpensive than different close by neighborhoods. Stretching from Seoul Central Mosque to the Han River, Bogwang-dong has historically been a low-income space the place sleepy nook retailers, butchers, and easy market stalls run by South Koreans, rub shoulders with Arab, Turkish, and Pakistani eating places and grocers and hipster boutiques. Now the residents dwell below the shadow of looming dislocation.

“What can’t see” is a visible journey via the assorted resort rooms and flats Bierdrager lived in earlier than he discovered his dwelling in Bogwang-dong. “The work is juxtaposing the quickly altering cityscapes towards the heat and variety I skilled in a neighborhood that has been uncared for for 20 years,” he explains. I began to {photograph} strangers, mates I made whereas dwelling there, the panorama, and its range. Leading to a portrait that expresses a singular magnificence throughout the chaos and imperfections of this place, displaying a special facet of Seoul that’s unknown by many. A various neighborhood that’s surrounded by areas by which new, luxurious condominium buildings and skyscrapers are coming out of the bottom like weeds. It’s the inevitable destiny that can quickly be mirrored by Bogwang-dong.”

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