North Korean Utopia 01  

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North Korean Utopia 01
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In Goes, a town in Zeeland, The Netherlands, at the end of August 2017 an exhibition was held, showing more than fifty North Korean paintings, made between 1960 and 2007 by professional North Korean painters. All paintings were made on behalf of the North Korean state and are originally intended for domestic use in public buildings and hotels.

Art in North Korea is not free of obligation and is always in the service of the leader, who benefits from an idealized image of North Korea. The regime uses this well-painted socialist-realistic art to create and maintain an utopian North Korea. Essentially it's the glorification of the system by means of paintings with subjects like 'family', 'agriculture and industry', 'war and confrontation', with enemies like the US and Japan: propaganda wrapped as art!

I got the opportunity to capture all the exhibited paintings, so this one is the first one of a series of the by me selected images for uploading to Caedes. Although the last exhibited painting was made in 2007, think that this series will still show you an unique look at the closed/isolated North Korea.

Some details/description:

Artist: unknown

Title: without title

Oil painting on canvas, 158 x 288 cm.

The 'liberation' (please notice the quotation marks) of Seoul by North Korean troops, a few days after the beginning of the Korean War (1950-1953), is shown here as a triumph. The people welcome the troops and throw flowers to them. There are banners everywhere with texts. One reads: 'Long live the visionary general Kim II Sung.' Another announces that patriotic boys and girls sign up as volunteers. All this take place in front of the former Japanese government building in the center of Seoul.


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09/02/17 7:37 PM GMT
He had a HDR paintbrush I reckon....Good take...R.
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09/02/17 9:21 PM GMT
A beautiful painting with such clear details overall. Those who painted all those paintings would have had a much better chance to become famous in the free world.
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09/03/17 12:01 AM GMT
Nicely done, Cornelius.

Not sure if you saw this post in the Photography section of forums or not.. How To Photograph Your Paintings.

^ Just some food for thought, is all, and if interested.

That said..

Thanks for sharing this one with us.
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09/03/17 6:12 AM GMT
Great idea sharing this painting. And thanks for the beautiful narration, Sea.
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09/03/17 7:52 AM GMT
In the news at present...Their actions are making the rest of the world somewhat worried as to what 'could' happen!...

Good capture of this painting!
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09/03/17 9:00 PM GMT
Korea is a pet subject of mine C

One thing I object to is "when N Koreans flee to China, China sends them back home, to almost certain death and no politician ever points this out!

In fact all of north and south Koreas recent history makes for fascinating yet disturbing reading.
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09/04/17 1:03 AM GMT
Really well done my friend, I look forward to more. tigs=^..^=
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09/04/17 11:14 AM GMT
History is what forms the future C thanks for sharing.

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09/04/17 12:10 AM GMT
You captured this to perfection Cornelius.
Wonderful artistry used for a despicable purpose.
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09/04/17 9:26 PM GMT
A couple months ago I read "MARINE! The Life of Chesty Puller", by Burke Davis, and "The Frozen Hours" by Jeff Shaara, both books that describe the Korean War in great detail. It's funny, though, in this painting I don't see the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians by the NKs... I guess those atrocities must be in the painting illustrating the NKs' use of civilians as human shields when fighting the U.S. Marines when the Marines are liberating Seoul from the NKs. Between their current posturing with nuclear threats and our loudmouth president challenging their P.I.C. (Psycho in Charge)... who knows what tomorrow will bring?

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09/04/17 10:05 PM GMT
It seem purmusic was a bit late to the punch offering the advice on how to photograph pictures, because you have all ready read it, or had the knowledge from the beginning. Very nice narrative and capture. The North Korean culture is very strange and twisty to say the least. I pray things don't spiral out of control.
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09/08/17 6:11 PM GMT
Great shot of the painting - a very talented artist and thanks for the info
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07/01/20 1:24 PM GMT

As you can see above, recently I got a comment on some of my popular photographs (consisting only of links) from a to me unknown person. These photos are:

-People In The Air 36;

-North Korean Utopia 01;

-Zeeland Tulip Fields 9.

These links weren't checked out by me due to the danger of introducing malware to my computer. I have complained about these comments, hoping that these comments will be removed by a MOD. Then I posted this message on the Discussion board/Request for Comment/topic Malware?

If something similar happens to you, my advice is to ignore unknown links unless the submitter clarifies what they are for.

Best regards, Cornelius, aka SEA ⚓

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07/02/20 8:04 AM GMT
The comment with the suspicious links were deleted by Sam (Samatar).

Thanks for that, Sam!

Best regards, Cornelius aka SEA ⚓
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07/22/23 11:04 AM GMT
North Korean Utopia 01 appears as a controversial and enigmatic subject. While its government may promote a utopian narrative, information from the isolated nation is scarce and often tightly controlled. The reality behind the facade remains a matter of skepticism, with human rights concerns and limited external access casting doubts on its true nature Industrial demolition
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