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Seiichi Furuya
  Expulsion-Flight, 1993

Number of photographic works: 28
Size of work: 26.6 x 40.0 cm (10.47 x 15.47 inch)
Technique: Type C print

Number of texts: 5
Size of text: 21 x 29.7 cm (8.26 x 11.69 inch)

All works and texts are sandwich-mounted by two pieces of acrylic board.

production year: 1993

…… In his work Expulsion-Flight, Furuya portrays refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina who were given accommodation by the Austrian Asylum and Refugee Service in Graz. In summer 1993, a total of approximately 60,000 refugees from former Yugoslavia were accommodated in Austria. Furuya portrayed less than forty of them, the work itself only includes 28 portraits. Information that could establish the identity of each individual ― name, age, place of origin, family status ― was collected by the photographer, who interviewed each portrayed person with the help of an interpreter. All of them were asked the same questions: 'What have you lost through the war?' And, 'Who or what is responsible for the war?' The very direct statements each person made about him- or herself, and the narrations of their fates were not assigned to individual portraits, but all of the answers to the questions were written together on text sheets complemented by a map of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The text sheets and the portrait photographs were the same format (40 x 30 cm) and had the same yellow background as the portrait photographs. The approximately life-size portraits were arranged on the wall in no apparent order, but viewers soon recognized the outline of the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina: this map with its triangular, heart-shaped outline has been published again and again in recent years in various segmentations representing the innumerable suggestions as to how to split up the country as an alleged precondition of peace. Only its outer borders have remained more or less unchanged…….

 © Christine Frisinghelli, 1993

An excerpt from a text „Describing from Distance“, Déjà-vu, #17, 1994, Tokyo

Full text in Japanese* 

Full text in English*


Installation: Neue Galerie Graz, 1993