North Korean Perspectives

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

North Korean Perspectives

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has been called the Hermit Kingdom, as it is one of the most reclusive states in the world. North Korea’s citizens are not allowed to travel abroad, there is no Internet connection to the outside world, and the flow of information is almost completely controlled by the government. 

This exhibition is divided into two main sections: one showing the government’s official version of North Korea, while the other offers the alternative view of the country. Imagery distributed through official channels, such as the country’s press agency KCNA, which is based in Japan, and those photographed by tourists on state-controlled tours offers an official view. These official images are juxtaposed with a non-controlled stream of images coming out of the country: photographs produced by international photojournalists from within the nation, and international artists using photography and video to directly address North Korea. 

North Korean Perspectives is organized by Europe-based independent curator Marc Prüst in collaboration with MoCP’s Executive Director Natasha Egan.

 

View the North Korean Perspectives exhibition trailer

 

 

Image credit: Suntag Noh, Imjingak Peace Park on the border
between South Korea and North Korea (Demilitarized Zone)
, 2007

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