sébastien cuvelier



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fascination street
remember your past
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soul of asia
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The series


In the 1970s, as people from all over South Korea moved to Seoul, the 28 buildings of the newly erected Eunma Town apartment complex welcomed many families with dreams of a better life.

Less than 50 years later, South Korea is one of the richest countries in the world after an unprecedented economic miracle. Despite its decrepit walls, Eunma Town is still in the top 10 of the most expensive places to live in South Korea due to its sheer location, in the epicenter of South Korea’s thriving private education industry.

Eunma Town is a symbol of hope, where dreams of tomorrow triggered by today’s economic power mix with dreams of yesteryear still lingering in its deteriorating walls.

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Eunma Town raconte l’histoire des rêves successifs de tout un pays, la Corée du Sud, vus à travers le prisme d’un grand ensemble symbolique construit en 1979, juste avant le renouveau économique coréen. Trois générations à la poursuite d’une vie meilleure se sont succédées dans ses murs aujourd’hui fissurés et désuets, mais loués à prix d’or en raison de la localisation d’Eunma Town, au sein du quartier de l’éducation privée, industrie florissante dans ce pays obsédé par la réussite.

Eunma Town est un symbole d’espoir, un endroit plein d’âme, où des pionniers d’hier et d’aujourd’hui ont posé les pierres de la Corée du Sud moderne. En se baladant dans ses 28 immeubles, en pénétrant dans quelques-uns de ses 4424 appartements, c’est à une expérience contrastée qu’on se frotte : saisir les rêves de demain liés à la puissance économique actuelle tout en imaginant les rêves d’hier omniprésents dans ses murs lézardés.

The book

Self-published, 2015
ISBN 978-99959-0-163-9
Hardcover, clothbound, 23x17.5 cm, 144 pages
Photographs by Sébastien Cuvelier
Texts in English and Korean by Sébastien Cuvelier and Sujong Song
Design by Sébastien Cuvelier and Christophe Peiffer
Edition of 500
EUR 35 (+ EUR 5 shipping worldwide)

Limited edition: 10 copies signed and numbered 1 to 10, placed in a box made of Korean hanji paper, each calligraphed by Byunghyun Nam (Eunma Town resident). The box also contains an original calligraphy and a signed 22.5x15cm fine art print of an unpublished photograph.
EUR 150 (+ EUR 5 shipping worldwide)

Available at:

- Paris: Colette, L'Ecume des Pages, Librairie Yvon Lambert, Librairie Le 29, Le Plac'Art Photo
- Brussels: Hors Format, Tipi Bookshop
- Liège: Livre aux Trésors
- Cologne: Buchhandlung Walther König
- Luxembourg: Galerie Nosbaum & Reding


Dedicated website: www.eunmatown.com



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Opening exhibition, Galerie Nosbaum & Reding (LU), Sep 2015

Reviews & interviews

- M Le Monde, Jan 2017 | coming soon
- Dérivations, Sep 2016 | print
- Urbanautica, Apr 2016 | web
- Polka, Mar 2016 | print
- SBS, Feb 2016 | web
- Lensculture, Jan 2016 | web
- Actuphoto, Dec 2015 | web
- Kyunghyang Shinmun, Nov 2015 | web
- Paperjam, Sep 2015 | web
- Archiduc, Sep 2015 | web
- Bold, Sep 2015 | web

Radio

- RTBF Musiq3, Orient, adolescence et utopies with Philippe Marczewski, May 2016


Awards and selections

- Photobooks of the year, part II, Lensculture, 2015
- Eunma Town was shortlisted for the Kassel Fotobook Dummy Award 2016 and has been exhibited at Fotobookfestival Beijing, Fotoleggendo (Rome), PhotoIreland (Dublin), Fotogalleriet (Oslo), Organ Vida Festival (Zagreb), Encontros da Imagem (Braga), Photobook Week Aarhus (Galleri Imag), IED (Madrid), Format Festival (Derby)