This photo collection was produced prior to the performance of "SHUGEN ~Celebration / Expression~", which is a international collaboration project for a contemporary theatre involving actors, dancers, and musicians from Japan, China, Korea, co-sponsored by the Aomori Museum of Art and the Japan Foundation.

Employing an approach used in road movies, it depicts each character's personal history and family relationships, and to say further, their destination from having been born in each country, which are incorporated in the landscape where they have each lived. These images produced by two photographers working in Japan and Korea play an indispensable role in the production of this new play.


Risaku Suzuki:
Born in Wakayama Pref., 1963. Since 2006, He has served as an associate professor at the Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts. Won 25th Ihee Kimura Photography Award by his book "PILES OF TIME". His other publications are "White", "TORII", and "Sekka-zu" etc.

Kim Jiyoun:
Graduated front École des Beaux-arts de Saint-Étinenne(France) with a major in Fine Arts in 1995, followed by a completion of the Photography Course at the Graduate School of Design, Ewha Womans University in 1998. She has worked on a number of art documentaries. Her publication includes "Children escaped from North Korea", "korean who Live in Russia" etc. Her exhibition was held in 2012 in Kyoto and Osaka.