Nine artists were invited to exhibit in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital of the unknown. The entire project, from the art on display to the story behind it, was committed to silence. Besides a very limited set of installation views, only one trace of the exhibit was allowed to surface: an enigmatic mention on the artists’ CVs that will absolutely call attention to itself in the CV-driven language of the art world. When asked to elaborate, the artists’ response can only be:
“I’m not supposed to talk about it.”
With nothing to tell, will the exhibition speak for itself?
The exhibition, which went virtually unnoticed by the general public, was held April 9 – 12, 2016 on the 23rd floor of the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was conceived of by Random Institute and curated by Anna Hugo and Sandino Scheidegger.
A manipulated and reproduced issue of the state-owned and hard to get Pyongyang Times serves as the official exhibition catalogue. This special edition is strictly limited to 100 unique numbered copies and can be ordered from Mark Pezinger Verlag.
Works of art exhibited:
- Sulking Souvenir, 2013 Clifford E. Bruckmann, CH
- Satirical Coin, 2016 Thomas Mailaender, FR
- Birdie, 2016 Ragnheidur Karadottir, IS
- Naked Bombers, 2016 Simon Mullan, GB/DE
- Movement No.6, 2016 Juan Betancurth, CO
- Modesty or Surprise, 2016 Alfredo Aceto, CH
- Jung43, 2015 Florence Jung, CH
- Untitled, 2016 Achraf Touloub, FR
- Personal Chocolate, 2016 Alison Kuo, US