Philippe Chancel

DPRK 2

In the hermit kingdom that is North Korea, a flurry of obvious signs attest of the servitude of the individual to an ideology: whilst flags and slogans praise the party, monuments, statues and portraits bear the image of their leaders. As what is hidden is out of reach, it is only by showing everyday life in its gritty reality that is possible to make the levers of power visible and tangible. Such neutrality can be extremely powerful: revealing to what extent this regime operates like an hallucinatory machine hypnotizing an entire people, turning reality into a show.