Mansudae Master Class

Mansudae Master Class

Mansudae Master Class

Three Channels Video Installation
Korea Selatan, 2014

The Mansudae Master Class work was created by Che Onejoon since 2014 will be on progress until 2016. This work discuss how art aesthetics contained in the artificial political monuments Mansudae Art Studio is present in Africa.

Founded in 1959 by Kim Il-sung, Mansudae Art Studio plays a central role in improving the North Korean national image with producing sculpture and drawings of The Honorable Leaders whilst Mansudae Overseas Projects is a commercial division of the Mansudae Art Studio. It began with the establishing of Tiglachin Monument in Ethiopia in 1974, then construct large buildings for the public in several African countries, such as Madagascar, Togo, and Guinea, all free of charge. In 2010, the Mansudae Overseas Projects received worldwide attention when they build a giant bronze statue called the African Renaissance Monument as a symbol of the birth of a new era of Africa in Dakar, capital of Senegal. Art Juche aesthetic means ‘independence’ and it became the aesthetics character of North Korea found on those large-scale monuments. It shows the reality of the socialist system, ‘representation’, and also North Korea aesthetic migration into Africa.

Che Onejoon

Che Onejoon has recorded the process of Korean modernization which Korea hasn’t fully overcome with photographs. Meanwhile, he has also released the works dealing with trauma of the military regime in short films and installations. For the last few years, he has been working on a project related to monuments and architectures in Africa that North Korea has built. Titled “Mansudae Master Class”, the project is presented in a feature-length film, photographs, and installations. He has participated in a number of exhibitions throughout the world at venues such as Atelier Hermès, Palais de Tokyo Module, Taipei Biennale, New Museum Triennial, and the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.