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(Im)possible to see: glimpse inside Soviet-North Korean friendship

19 May 2017

From next month Moscow’s Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography will offer a unique glimpse inside one of the world’s most secretive states in (Im)possible to see: North Korea.

This exhibition will bring together contemporary photography and images taken by Soviet photographers during the years of friendship between the USSR and the DPRK, providing an opportunity to demonstrate the similarities and contrasts between perceptions of North Korea across diverse cultural and temporal contexts.

(Im)possible to see: North Korea features works by contemporary photographers including Wang Guofeng (China), Martin Parr (UK), Philippe Chancel (France), Alice Wielinga (Netherlands), Eric Lafforgue (France), Matt Paish (UK), Matjaž Tančič (Slovenia), Oliver Wainwright (UK) and Eddo Hartmann (Netherlands), all of whom have visited the DPRK recently.

In its highlighting of similarity and difference through the combination of contemporary photography and archival materials, (Im)possible to see: North Korea also raises questions about the boundaries of photography and perception.

(Im)possible to see: North Korea will run at the Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography in Moscow from 22 June — 3 September. Find out more here.