Show imagines Korean unification
An exhibition that provides a rare glimpse inside North Korea opened at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) on Tuesday to commemorate the 70th National Liberation Day that will fall on Aug. 15.
Regarding the intention of the show, titled “NK Project,” the museum said, “We need to put our heads together and discuss how we should represent, imagine and connect with North Korea as the very close but distant ‘other,’ before it is too late.”
The show is divided into three parts. The first part features North Korean oil paintings with propagandistic themes, posters and stamps.
They can be summarized as North Korea viewed from a North Korean perspective - not by North Korean people but by the regime.
The second part consists of photographs of North Korean scenery and people by foreign artists - North Korea from an outside perspective.
The third part includes photos, media art and installation pieces by South Korean artists including Kang Ik-joong and Noh Suntag. They depict political tension and unification issues between the two Koreas.
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The show runs through Sept. 29. Admission is free. The museum is closed Mondays. For details, visit sema.seoul.go.kr or call (02) 2124-8800.