OCT. 21, 2013, 11:38 AM
China is frequently referred to as North Korea’s “big brother,” a sibling-nation that supports (and sometimes scolds) its far smaller neighbor.
In a fascinating experiment, two Western expats in Beijing — Nick Bonner of Koryo Tours and Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8 — decided to ask North Korean propaganda artists in Pyongyang to help them create images of a socialist ideal of China. The artwork is titled “The Beautiful Future” and was recently shown at a Beijing art gallery.
Bonner and Johnson-Hill had been living in China for twenty years, and wanted to show a glimpse of what Socialism with Chinese characteristics could have been. Bonner organizes tours to the Hermit Kingdom, while Johnson-Hill’s company produces clothing with elements of Maoist kitsch.
“North Korean artists are the best people at delivering a message without slogans,” Bonner told The Guardian.“We wanted to show contemporary…
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