Between 1981 and 1983, Japanese photographer Seiichi Furuya, based in Graz, took photographs at the Austrian border towards the former Eastern bloc nations.
In contrast to the media attention devoted to the inner German border and the division of Berlin, Furuya was searching for images in the inconspicuous and at times even idyllic border territories to Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. His associations of places and stories form a valuable historical document, shaped by the interplay between the private and the political, between personal view and documentary distance. This work was published in the form of a book – 20 years after its creation – on the occasion of his solo show at the Heidelberger Kunstverein in 2014.
This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.