GMA hosts a look into North Korea

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GMA hosts a look into North Korea


Sep 3, 2018 at 6:08 PM Sep 3, 2018 at 6:08 PM

A new exhibit at the Gadsden Museum of Art opening on First Friday takes viewers behind the borders of North Korea.

“Korean Dreams” is a collection of photographs shot by Canadian artist Nathalie Daoust during a state-controlled trip through North Korea, where she was taken through locations approved for filming. What her escorts didn’t know, however, was that she had a hidden shutter-release cable that allowed her to snap photographs without holding and pointing her camera.

The subterfuge allowed her to shoot life on the streets, catch soldiers on the march and document the political failings of the government. The photos reveal some of the corruption that takes place when power is given a vacuum in which to work, like a shot of the Arirang Mass Games, a sort of Olympic ceremony that celebrates N orth Korean leadership, in which 30,000 children, some as young as 5 years old, are trained for 12 hours a day for months to create spectacle on behalf of their leaders.

While the photos were taken recently, Daoust used a post-processing technique that involved peeling layers of film off of the negatives and enlarging them, blurring the photos and obscuring their subjects. Combined with the country’s technology and architecture, which seem to have frozen in time somewhere far back in history, the sepia-toned photos seem like they were shot decades ago.

“It’s art, it’s history and it’s got context, and I really hope to do more like this,” said Ray Wetzel, GMA director.

Exhibits by Andrea Sanders, Daisie Hoitsma and Jason Tanner Young are opening alongside “Korean Dreams” Friday night.

Sanders’ “Unmoored” is a mixed-media presentation that uses light, shadow and materials to explore impermanence. Many of the included materials are transpar ent, with shifting colors that transform as the viewer moves and shifts their focus. Much of the exhibit is made of recycled and repurposed items, especially plastics. Sanders is from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hoitsma and Young also have a mixed-media exhibit, which combines painting, drawing and sculpture. The two are from Birmingham, and according to Wetzel, their work can be an important chance for aspiring artists to see young people working in the art industry and finding success.

“They’re young contemporaries that are actually working the art field,” Wetzel said. “It’s a perfect example for any of our students or anyone in our community that’s interested in art to see somebody that’s relatively young but have had their feet in the game for a long time. They can see what the art market is calling for today.”

Exhibits will be officially opened during the museum’s First Friday reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

Source: Google News North Korea | Netizen 24 North Korea

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