For decades North Korea has been one of the world’s most secretive and brutal regimes. The death of its ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il placed its society under the global media spotlight. The world was flooded with images of the lavishly staged funeral, ‘hysteric’ moaning, and the successor Kim Jong-un. These are spectacles of the death of power and repressed mourning. These images are far removed from North Korea’s geo-political context as Korean peninsula situated in the middle of an ever escalating arms’ race between China and the U.S.
This dialogue will revolve around two existing projects: ‘Pizzas for the People’ by the South Korean designer Hwang Kim, and ‘Nostalgia’ by the South Korean performance artist Solmoon. The aim of the dialogue is to shed light on what has remained in the shadows of North Korea’s portrayal.