What a Foreigner Sees
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Creative Clunes, 2015
William Yang and Koo Bohnchang have created photos of Korea and Clunes, Australia. William Yang photographed Korea, and Koo Bohnchang photographed Australia. They both look with foreign eyes at what they see, and it informs what they photograph.
The exhibition launched at Clunes Booktown, 2015. It was curated by Catherine Croll.
Catherine Croll: oh, Bohnchang’s at the front.
Robyn: I’m Robyn. Very nice to meet you.
Koo Bohnchang: Thank you
Robyn: It’s a wonderful exhibition.
Koo Bohnchang: Oh, thank you.
William Yang: okay, that’s great.
Photographer: Sorry, I have a habit of taking two.
William Yang: That’s good, that’s good.
William Yang: Clunes in Victoria has developed a sister city relationship with Paju in Korea. A Korean Photographer, Mr Bohnchang Koo, has come out to Clunes to take photographs. Actually, I was in Clunes taking photographs too. But, I also went over to Korea, and I took photographs in Paju, and other parts of Korea. So we decided that Mr Koo would show photographs of Clunes, and I‘d show my photographs of Korea. So, It’s like Korea through an Australian eye, and, Australia through a Korean eye.
Our hosts, Mr Koo and Mr Seok, took Ms Croll and I to a traditional Korean restaurant in Daegu. A town which has a photographic biennale.
We sat on cushions, ate excellent traditional food and we drank Korean rice wine. For which I have developed a taste. We were the last to leave.
Description of images in What a Foreigner Sees film:
0:00 Australia Fair organ
2:17 Workings of the Organ. Booktown 2015.
8:03 People sit around at the festival.
10:03 Shoppers buy books
14:07 Two boys juggle.
16:08 Two writers speak to a crowd.
18:06 A Punch and Judy show.
21:11 A Bagpiper walks towards the camera.
25:11 A church with a Booktown sign.
29:02 Inside is a gallery filled with people
33:12 A woman walks up to Bohnchang Koo.
43:02 Photo of a red door to an empty shop.
44:17 Photo of a bearded man with a sculpture.
46:07 A woman takes a photo of William Yang and his friend.
53:11 A photo of a patterned wall in Korea.
55:02 A photo of a young Korean woman.
56:18 Women look at the exhibition.
1:05:20 William Yang talks to camera.
1:09:04 Koo Bohnchang takes a photo of some bottles.
1:15:15 William Yang talks to camera.
1:20:22 A photo of William taking a photo, then the photo of the young man he took.
1:26:20 William Yang talks to camera.
1:30:00 A photo of three brightly dressed boys.
1:33:17 A photo of a man who pours tea.
1:39:02 William Yang talks to camera.
1:41:19 A photo of a traditional restaurant in Korea.
1:46:07 William Yang talks to camera.
2:18:24 Close up of the text in the photo that Yang just spoke.
2:26:07 Koo Bohnchang looks at a photo of an older woman called Joan.
2:37:11 Koo Bohnchang speaks to camera.
2:43:01 Close of up of the face of the woman in the photo.
2:56:01 Koo Bohnchang speaks to camera.
3:05:05 We see the entire photo of the old woman in the red cardigan.
3:10:21 People look at the exhibition
3:17:00 End Credits.
"Janggu Nori" performed by KIM So Ra
"Click Go the Shears" by Australia Fair organ
Supplied by the artists
Image of William Yang by Catherine Croll
This video was created for the Culture Victoria website (cv.vic.gov.au)
with the support of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Koo Bohnchang: I met her, on my last day, just before going back to Korea. She was working for the fundraising in the RSL Hall. Immediately I thought about her history. I don’t know anything about her history, but her face, all the wrinkles and her very strong eyes, it tells me her very long history of her life. So, always making a portrait is very interesting, not only just the two dimensional face, but we can look back her past.