Icons of Rhetoric | 북한의 수사학 아이콘

18 Jun 2015 – 10 Jul 2015

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Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm

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Bonington Gallery

Nottingham, United Kingdom


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North Korea reinterpreted on instant film.
A joint exhibition by photographer Chris Barrett and researcher Gianluca Spezza


Under Kim Jong Un's leadership, North Korea has made a conscious decision to be more proactive in the media world. In 2013 we saw the very first live tweeted image of the North Korean leader, from mainstream western media.

Icons of Rhetoric offers a different approach to documenting North Korea, merging established news media practices with more contemporary ones, drawing particular attention to social media.

"While researching an article about an Instragram account claiming to be the official outlet of North Korean news, I started to think about the visual representation of North Korea.

The idea of the project became a reflection on our engagement with modern media techniques, our consumption of images and our knowledge of this ‘most closed off country in the world’ that is the DPRK, all this interwoven with the notion of democratized propaganda"
Chris Barrett, photographer and curator

By reinterpreting images that already exist in the public domain, Icons of Rhetoric plays on an aesthetic of authenticity. 

You're invited!

Join us for the preview event on Wednesday 17 June from 5 pm - 8 pm. Simply RSVP to boningtongallery@ntu.ac.uk

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Exhibiting artists

Chris Barrett

Gianluca Spezza


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