20-04-2015

North Korean Perspectives @ Drentsmuseum

Till August 30, the exhibition North Korean Perspectives will be shown at the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands.

This show is programmed together with the show The Kim Utopia, which exhibits 120 paitings of North Korean artist. One of the first time North Korean art is exhibited on this scale in the west.

“A bridge between different perspectives on North Korea”

The show North Korean Perspectives serves as an interesting counterpart. What impression do we have of North Korea on the basis of the photographs that are available to us? That is the central question in this photo exhibition.

The approved photographs by the State press agency KCNA and photographers such as Philippe Chancel and Pierre Bessard are mirrored by those taken by international photo journalists working in North Korea, such as David Guttenfelder and Thomas Van Houtryve, as well as images by international artists like Alice Wielinga and Seung Woo Back, who present their views of North Korea in photographs, sometimes combined with other media.

In her series North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality, Alice tries to create a bridge between different perspectives on North Korea, and therefore she is glad her work is programmed in the context of both exhibitions.

The NRC (Dutch newspaper) stated on her work shown at the Drents Museum: “Wielinga’s photoworks make North Korea even more surreal than it already is”.

North Korean Perspectives was compiled by the internationally renowned curator Marc Prüst and will also be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, from July 23 till October 4, 2015.