Author(s): Seiichi Furuya
Between 1981 and 1983, Japanese photographer Seiichi Furuya, based in Graz, took photographs at the Austrian border towards the former Eastern Block 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 with 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 His associations of places and stories form a valuable historical document, shaped by the interplay between the private and the political – between a personal view and a documentary distance. The gorgeously published book Staatsgrenze 1981–1983 was published on the occasion of his solo show at the Heidelberger Kunstverein in 2014.