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Book Launch: International Friendship

15 May 2022
→ Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam
Open today from 12:00 to 18:00

On Sunday 15 May, Framer Framed will host the launch of International Friendship: The Gifts from Africa, an anthology focused on the documentary-filmmaking practice of Che Onejoon and the artist’s research into the statues, monuments, and buildings built by North Korea in Africa from the 1970s to the present. During the launch, Che will be in conversation with curator Inga Lāce and art historian Sohl Lee.

This event is FREE and in English. Register here to join.

About the book:

International Friendship: The Gifts from Africa (Kehrer Verlag, 2022) consists of research around Che Onejoon’s documentary projects, Mansudae Master Class and International Friendship. The project focuses on the statues, monuments, and buildings built by North Korea in Africa from the 1970s to the present and their historical background. North Korea’s Mansudae Art Studio constructed statues, monuments, and buildings in about 18 countries in Africa. Roughly half of the countries received these constructions from Kim Il-sung for free. Behind this strategy of offering statues, monuments, and buildings to Africa, lay a diplomatic competition between North and South Korea.

This book deals with the historical background and critical writings about Mansudae Master Class and International Friendship as a documentary project, including the essays of experts from various fields such as history, photography, art history, and art criticism, among others.

Read more about the program here.

Image from International Friendship: The Gifts from Africa, courtesy of Che Onejoon.