FACING NORTH KOREA: FOUR ARTISTS CONFRONT THE MYTHS

FACING NORTH KOREA: FOUR ARTISTS CONFRONT THE MYTHS

The West’s concurrent fascination with and repudiation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is unabating. Yet its realities remain opaque, and the stereotypes surrounding it continue to be perpetuated. “Facing North Korea“, a new group show at Meinblau Projektraum aims to address this with the works of four artists confronting North Korean history, politics and culture in service of fostering greater understanding. Byungjun Kwon’s soundscape “Forest of Subtle Truth 3” (2017) explores the dark history of Kyodong — an island just below the military demarcation line. Chan Sook Choi’s installation “Yangjiri” (2018) focuses on the architecture of a South Korean propaganda village where North Korean war refugees were settled. In the name of radical empathy on a 2017 visit to the DPRK, Bernhard Draz inserted himself into modified propaganda posters, realized as a series of large-format paintings. And Georg Klein’s “The Sound before Silence – Souvenirs from North Korea” (2018) de- and re-constructs the performance of a traditional North Korean song, setting it in dialogue with South Korean Gayageum player Youjin Sung. Taken individually and together, the works promise thought-provoking perspectives on this country. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Bernhard Draz, Meinblau)

Meinblau Projektraum, Pfefferberg Haus 5, Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

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Chan Sook Choi, Byungjun Kwon, Bernhard Draz, Georg Klein: Facing North Korea, on through 3.12.2018

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