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All the Lights We Cannot See

ArchivedHappened in April 2016
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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.”

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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

Pyongyang Times

ArchivedHappened in April 2016
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Yanggakdo International Hotel

A manipulated and reproduced issue of the state-owned and hard to get Pyongyang Times serves as the official exhibition catalogue of All the Lights We Cannot See – an exhibition that took place in North Korea, virtually unnoticed by the general public. It will be launched on June 15 at the I Never Read Art Book Fair in Basel.

This special edition is strictly limited to 100 unique numbered copies and can be ordered from Mark Pezinger Verlag.

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Though Pyongyang is the capital city and heart of North Korea, to the outside world it is the epicenter of the unknown. It is surprising then that nine international artists were recently invited by Switzerland's Random Institute to exhibit in Pyongyang.

The resulting group exhibition was organized around the theme of silence, a concept that resonated with the isolated nature of the show’s host country. Additionally, the immediate inaccessibility of this exhibition reflects the widespread, present-day condition of “consuming” art remotely, often online and via secondary media.

In keeping with the theme of silence, only one significant trace of documentation (other than select installation views) was allowed to publicly surface: an enigmatic mention on each of the nine artists’ CVs. This unusual addition to the artists’ resumes points to another concerning phenomenon of our time: the increasingly CV-driven art world. Furthering the theme, while also feeding global curiosity about the hermit kingdom, the artists’ only response to requests to elaborate on their exhibition and experience are and will remain simply:

“I’m not supposed to talk about it.”

The special edition catalogue is strictly limited to 100 unique numbered copies and can be ordered from Mark Pezinger Verlag. The official launch takes place on June 15 at the I Never Read Art Book Fair in Basel, Switzerland.(Facebook Event)

The exhibition All the Lights We Cannot See, which was virtually unnoticed by the general public, was held April 9 – 12, 2016 in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was curated by Anna Hugo and Sandino Scheidegger.

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