North Korea uncensored and unfiltered – ordinary life in the world’s most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera.
In House of Illustration’s latest exhibition, Made in Korea, visitors can see common objects – including posters, stamps and sweet wrappers – that give a rare glimpse into everyday life in the DPRK.
The exhibition draws from the collection of Nicholas Bonner, author of the newly released Made in North Korea (Phaidon).
Originally from the UK, Bonner has been running tours from his base in Beijing into North Korea for over twenty years. Along the way, he has collected thousands of items displaying the surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea. His collection, from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games, provides an extraordinary insight into North Korea’s state-controlled graphic output, and the lives of ordinary North Koreans.
Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK exhibition will be on display in House of Illustration from 23 Feb until 13 May 10am – 6pm. Plus, to kick off this fascinating exhibition, collector Nicholas Bonner will be hosting a Q&A session on 23 February.
Read more and book your tickets via the House of Illustration website.