©AHN Sehong

安世鴻

AHN Sehong

重重―中国に残された朝鮮人日本軍「慰安婦」の女性たち

2012
<Layer by layer – The survived Korean women who had been left in China – Japanese military sexual slavery>

1971年江原道(韓国)生まれ
ソウル)拠点

韓国人写真家・アンホンは、日本敗戦後、中国に置き去りにされた朝鮮人の日本軍「慰安婦」被害者たちを、2001年から5年かけて探し当て12人を写真に収めた。韓国伝統韓紙ハンシに焼きつけられたモノクロ写真は、印画紙とは異なる陰影と風合いがある。キャプションはなく、観る者はその表情、深く刻まれた皺、手の仕草、営みまで目を凝らし、彼女たちの心の声に耳を澄ますことになる。息づかいまで聞こえてきそうな写真は、幾度も訪ね泣き笑い語り合い、日常の困り事を手伝い、撮影は滞在最後だけとした安だから写し得たのではないか。

この写真群は《重重じゅうじゅう》として、2012年、世界的カメラメーカー・ニコンが運営する新宿ニコンサロンでの写真展が決定した。しかし開催1カ月前、ニコンが「諸般の事情」として一方的に中止通告。安の仮処分申請で実現した写真展には、同サロン史上最多7900名が来場した。

その後3年に及ぶ裁判で、写真展を非難する右派の抗議に対する、大企業ニコンの過度な「自主規制」が明らかとなり、2015年末、ニコンの不法行為を認め原告勝訴。私企業運営の施設でも、抗議を理由に安易に表現活動を中止してはならないという判決の意義は大きい。安は6カ国に存在する140名以上の被害者を探し出し、今も撮り続ける。

(岡本有佳)

Korean photographer, AHN Sehon found 12 Korean women, who were victims of the Japanese military sexual slavery who had been left in China after Japan’s defeat in the war, and photographed them over five years since 2001. The monochrome photographs printed on Korean traditional Hanshi paper have a unique nuance of shadow and texture. Presented without any captions, the photographs allow viewers to carefully examine their expressions, deeply chiseled wrinkles, gestures of hands, and even ways of existence, and make us delicately listen to the voices of their hearts. These photographs, which even seem to connote the sound of their breaths, were taken through the special relationship AHN had built with the women through her multiple visits where she laughed, cried, held many conversations, helped them with their daily errands, and promised that she would only photograph them at the very end of her visit.

In 2012, these photographs were to be exhibited as a solo exhibition titled JU JU at Shinjuku Nikon Salon, a venue run by the world-widely renowned camera manufacturer Nikon. However, a month before the opening, Nikon unilaterally announced the cancellation of the exhibition due to “various factors.” The exhibition ultimately was presented after AHN had applied for a provisional disposition, and counted a total of 7900 visitors, which became the highest record of the venue.

Later on, the trial that had taken three years revealed the excessive “self-restriction” by the major company Nikon in reaction to the protests towards the exhibition by right wings. In late 2015, the court admitted Nikon’s illegal behavior and AHN won the case. It became a noteworthy decision defining that activities of expressions should not be easily cancelled due to protests, even if a private company runs the facility. AHN has found over 140 victims living in six nations, and still photographs them today. (OKAMOTO Yuka)

主な発表作品

2018
重重 - 消せない痕跡2、ソウル市民庁(韓国)
2018
Trostlose Trostfrauen、ベルリン rk-Galerie(ドイツ)
2017
重重 - 消せない痕跡2、東京セッションハウス(日本)
2017
音がない記憶、済州島4.3平和財団(韓国)
2016
地球の記憶、多摩市平和展(日本)
2012
重重-中国に残された朝鮮人慰安婦の女性たち、東京 ニコンサロン(日本)