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The first Western art gallery to commission, exhibit and sell work by artists living and working in North Korea (DPRK).



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Koryo Studio - commissioning new work

Creating for Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia


Koryo Studio Exhibition in Brisbane. Australia

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia

Koryo Studio is the first Western art gallery to commission, exhibit and sell work by artists living and working in North Korea (DPRK). Founded in 1993 to display a collection of rare DPRK film posters, the Koryo group opened its first gallery nine years later in Beijing, China. The gallery – and its attached studio – is unique in its approach:


commissioning new work from North Korean artists rather than simply buying pieces directly from the DPRK’s studios.


This exclusive way of working means that North Korea’s artists are given the space and time necessary to produce art inspired by briefs set by Koryo Studio’s founder Nicholas Bonner. This differs significantly from the mundane and repetitively themed works that these artists’ own studios dictate – it frees them from the limitations and proscriptions of North Korea’s constrained art world and gives them unparalleled latitude to experiment and develop.

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Koryo Studio has shown its collections with both international public and privateorganisations, including major exhibitions at the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia, as well as at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, in a show that won the Golden Lion. Film and video work also includes three award-winning documentaries.


Koryo Studio also works with international artists, photographers and filmmakers to produce exceptional and unprecedented pieces made in and about North Korea.

These projects aim to break down long-held barriers related to working within the country as well as challenge unthinking Western stereotypes and narratives. In this way, these DPRK-focused works from leading international creatives seek to shed light on one of the world’s most isolated countries and further inform a global audience while continuing the conversation between North Korea’s artists and the rest of the world, thereby providing much-needed engagement and understanding.

APT Exhibition

Selected Projects


3DPRK Exhibition

3DPRK

3DPRK is a collaborative project between Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič and Koryo Studio. The team of five (photographer, producer, two North Korean guides, one driver) photographed soldiers at the tense Demilitarised Zone at the North-South Korean border, and visited the schools, hospitals and newly completed leisure facilities considered the pride of the reclusive state. Invited to document North Korea in 3D, Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič wanted to show something of the people who live there, stripped of rhetoric.It is the uniqueness and beauty of the 3D technique used for each photograph that ultimately highlights the individual nature of the people posing for each shot, and the various layers that make up the surreal theatrical set that is the DPRK today.

Matjaž Tančič: http://www.matjaztancic.com/

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Setting the Stage Project

Setting the Stage

Pyongyang sees photographer Eddo Hartmann and North Korean art specialists Koryo Studio collaborate on a project documenting the North Korean endeavour to shape the ultimate socialist city and the lives of the people therein.

Eddo Hartmann: http://eddohartmann.nl

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Beautiful Future

THE BEAUTIFUL FUTURE

A collaboration with Koryo Studio with Plastered 8 and North Korean artists. The paintings represent the rituals of life in today’s China set on a stage of early Chinese socialism. As outsiders looking in, the producers imagine a China that retains its socialist traditions – with icons being the great symbols of Chinese society today. In this unique future, socialism begins to look awkward and celebrated, juxtaposed with our present pleasures, and modern city idols. The socialist world with which the artists engage is disappearing; an invasion of karaoke halls, office buildings, and modern city monuments pave the way to a future unsure yet stunning.

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utopian tours

UTOPIAN TOURS

A collaboration with Koryo Studio and North Korean architects. Koryo Studio commissioned a project to explore ideas that not only would lead to a sustainable future for tourism but also create a unique identity linked to the country’s distinct architectural styles. In the brief we asked for fun, innovative designs, not to be restricted by practicality, and to explore what may be possible with future materials and techniques. Using various symbolic motifs, from a traditional hand wheel to a bird’s nest, the hand drawn designs suggest a new kind of tourism in North Korea, intertwining nature, tradition and technology.

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Current Exhibitions


current exhibitions

Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula
Curated by: Minsuk Cho

September 10 - October 17, 2015

Tina Kim Gallery
    525 West 21st Street
    New York, NY 10011

http://tinakimgallery.com

KOREA. Contemporary Art from South and North Korea

Opening Reception / September 30, 2015, 5:30 pm

Please RSVP at info@kafny.org by September 29, 2015

Jorgensen Gallery / Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut, Storrs,
2132 Hillside Road, Unit-3104, Storrs, CT

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