Filmmaker Soon-mi Yoo is getting her own focus at the London Korean Film Festival. Her 2014 documentary Songs from the North takes a neutral approach toward a nation that is usually reviled or laughed at.
Much of the art that leaves North Korea travels to a small village outside Tuscany, where Pier Luigi Cecioni runs his gallery.
With North Korea so often discussed only in terms of extremes, this exhibit’s focus on the mundane is what makes it so fascinating.
Selections from a frequent visitor’s personal collection highlight a “golden age” of North Korean graphic design.
When North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un toured the sparkling new Pyongyang Airport last week, he was happy. But throughout the event, the building’s chief architect Ma Won Chun was conspicuously missing.
You likely won’t hear about it on the festival circuit, but one of the most exclusive international venues can be found in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
CHICAGO — Last December, rumors about a North Korean unicorn lair circulated the internet. Word got out that an ancient Korean king once rode this mythical beast. But soon it was discovered that this “unicorn” was not an actual unicorn, but rather an English mistranslation of the word “unicorn.” According to a report on International Business Times, the animal was actually a “beast with a dragon’s head, a deer’s body, the tail of a cow, hooves and a mane.” Because North Korea is known in the US for mysteries like these, and because the internet loves to consume bizarre or “weird” news, headlines about the supposed mythical unicorn creature lived for a while in readers’ minds.
Here’s something you may not have known: there’s a massive art factory in North Korea that makes monuments, sculptures, statues museums, and more for at least a dozen countries around the world. In a fascinating story in Bloomberg Businessweek, writer Caroline Winter lays out the details — or at least those she can gather — of Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang, which takes up 30 acres, employs 4,000 people, 1,000 of them artists, and also includes a soccer stadium, paper mill, sauna, and kindergarten. Why does every story that comes out of North Korea seem somehow more bizarre than the last?
It happened in a surprising instant: North Korea became just a little bit more accessible. Google Maps now features data on the secretive country, with the names of streets and buildings labeled, plus some more sensitive information.
LOS ANGELES — North Korea has a new website. And as far as I can tell, it’s not a parody.
North Korea is so wacky they have their own calendar system, and it marks its centennial anniversary in 2012, the birthdate of the late Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Dovetailing neatly with the recent passing of Übermeister Kim Jong-il, A Postcard From Afar: North Korea From A Distance at Apex Art showcases this mysterious place.