The Unheard

PhotographerJulie Hwang
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The pictures aim to capture the paradox of individuals hoping to have their stories of injustice heard in front of the Supreme Court, a building purported to embody equity.

Story

Living right next to the Korean Supreme Court for a few years, I frequently passed by individual protesters. Contrary to my naive belief that everyone is equal under the eyes of the law, here, I have met several individuals who had stories that proved otherwise. Ms. Nam is just one of the many individual protesters who had to resort to camping outside the Supreme Court as her final means of defiance. Social absurdities, powered by a few government officials who wanted to benefit from the insurance they would receive after her death, labeled her as “deceased” on official documents. She still remains standing in front of the Supreme Court with signs that read “I demand my legal and societal identity back." The pictures aim to capture the paradox of individuals hoping to have their stories of injustice heard in front of the Supreme Court, a building purported to embody equity.