“The Long Story of the Contacts of ‘the Other Side‘” by a Berlin-based photographer born in Israel Yishay Garbasz focuses on suffering and trauma in areas of conflict. These were of photographs taken from three separate locations: the South/North Korea border, the West Bank and Northern Ireland. These were all areas that were divided through physical barriers due to high levels of conflict in the regions. This was displayed in the photographs which showed the walls and fences used to separate the regions.
Yishay Garbasz “Tunnel Road 2”, 2004, c-print, Exhibition: The long story of the contacts of “the other side”, Baexong Arts Kyoto
The photographs documents the other side of the barrier, looking across the border and documenting how the region has become divided through conflict. One of the photographs also showed the people living near to the border of South Korea, documenting the life for these people, with many being elderly farmers, living in poverty and struggling to survive.
Yishay Garbasz “Huwara checkpoint”, 2004, c-print, Exhibition: The long story of the contacts of “the other side”, Baexong Arts Kyoto
As you go upstairs the exhibition continues with similar photographs in these areas. Most notably in the center of the room, where several large prints of the region in South Korea are taken from, with one focusing on the bomb shelter and the area directly next to the border to North Korea looking out to the sea.
Yishay Garbasz “Modin’ Illit”, 2004, c-print, Exhibition: The long story of the contacts of “the other side”, Baexong Arts Kyoto
“In My Mother’s Footsteps: Journey Through the Landscape of One survivor’s Holocaust” was another series by Garbazs. This focused on a more personal level for the photographer, documenting her mother’s experience and struggles as a Holocaust survivor. Although it was not part of this exhibition, the images were displayed in a book in the exhibition.
Yishay Garbasz “Seagull migration”, 2014, single-channel video, Hani Beach (Baengyneongdo), Exhibition: The long story of the contacts of “the other side”, Baexong Arts Kyoto
The photos in the exhibition has a deep and powerful meaning behind them, exploring the impact of conflict and the suffering and the trauma it causes to the people and landscape.
The long story of the contacts of “the other side”
Date: January 15th – February 28th, 2016
Opening hours: 12:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Tuesday – Thursday)
Workshop: February 27th, 14:00 – 16:00
Place: Baexong Arts Kyoto
Address: 27-3, Nakafudatsuji-cho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81(0)50 5857 8454
Text: Alex Hiroki Coles