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Red Utopia

Photographs from North Korea

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Red Utopia
  • ISBN: 978-960-03-4350-2
  • σελ. 256
  • 16 Ιανουαρίου 2007
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This book presents a photographic study which was produced under conditions of prohibition, in a country where the authorities control not only whether something is to documented but also the manner in which it is to be documented. North Korea is perhaps the most isolated country in the world. Its historic moniker, the “Hermit Kingdom”, now seems more appropriate than ever. Yannis Kontos’ photographs portray another world, light years away from our own reality. And it is this which gives them such exceptional value: they provide a window on a world to which, under normal circumstances, we would have no access at all. Images vividly peculiar and inexplicable, in terms of our (familiar, western) logic. Girls holding Kalashnikovs; crowds milling in front of giant posters inciting the destruction of American imperialism rather than the acquisition of consumer products; a metropolis of sky-scrapers completely bare of advertisements plunged into darkness every night at ten; the baroque feel of the Pyongyang Metro and other public spaces; the Great Leader’s portrait looming over every possible location, whether public or private; the sense of militaristic ritual even in the most mundane moments of everyday life…
Edited by Penelope Petsini and Thanassis Moutsopoulos. Text by Thanassis Moutsopoulos.

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Yannis Kontos