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Museum of Contemporary Photography Features Borderlands Project

Event Date:

July 23, 2015 - October 4, 2015
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With the same ruthless skill it uses to keep its population in check, North Korea also keeps...

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A South Korean soldier looks out over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea from a guard position near Goseong. As many as 120,000 North Koreans are thought to be imprisoned across that country, according to a United Nations report that compares conditions in the DMZ to camps run by the Nazis during World War II and gulags set up in Soviet Russia. Image by Tomas van Houtryve. DMZ, 2013.

"North Korean Perspectives", an exhibition running from July 23 to October 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, features Tomas van Houtryve's photography along the North-South Korean border and the DMZ.

The exhibition is divided into two sections, one showing the government's official version of North Korea, and the other offering the alternative view of the country. Van Houtryve is one of 11 photographers involved in the exhibition.

Van Houtryve's 2013 Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, "Borderland: In the Shadow of North Korea" offers an outside view looking in on North Korea to counter that country's skill of keeping its population and journalists in the dark. Taking a step back, an alternative sketch can be made of North Korea from the outside, by tracing the contours of the land, visiting the key flash points, scanning the fortifications, and interviewing escapees.

"North Korean Perspectives" is organized by Europe-based independent curator Marc Prüst in collaboration with MoCP's Executive Director Natasha Egan.

Exhibition: North Korean Perspectives
July 23 to October 4, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605