Exhibition: Icons or Rhetoric

North Korea reinterpreted on instant film

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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.

  • From: Thursday 18 June 2015, 12 am
  • To: Friday 10 July 2015, 12 am
  • Location: Bonington Gallery, Bonington building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LS

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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.


Follow #IconsofRhetoric on social media:
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@KazakhPilot (Gianluca Spezza)
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Note: Please be aware that this exhibition does contain some graphic images of violence and death and may not be suitable for all ages.

Preview Event: Wednesday 17 June 2015, 5 pm - 8 pm, if you would like to attend please email to confirm your attendance.

This exhibition is hosted by Bonington Gallery. To find out more, visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Any Questions?If you have any questions about this exhibition please email Bonington Gallery or call +44 (0)115 848 8268.

Location details

Room/Building:

Bonington Gallery, Bonington building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LS

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