Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New book shows uninterrupted series of photographs of North Korea's former leader looking at things

Art Daily Newsletter

PARIS.- Kim Jong Il Looking at Things is one of the most followed, 
shared and imitated monothematic Tumblr in recent years. Uninterrupted
 series of photographs of North Korea’s Dear Leader looking at things,
 this series fascinates with its formal rigor and intensity. Without removing these photographs their primary function (to raise Kim Jong-Il to an iconic rank)
 this series forces a shift in the purpose of propaganda. The icon changes
 to taxonomy, the viewer is being watched, and the meaning of this
 images beaks away. 
Accompanied by an essay by Marco Bohr entitled Looking at Kim Jong-Il 
 Looking at Things, the book reveals the springs of our fascination for 
these  accumulated images  on the Internet - these memes - analyzing 
how a series of photographs apparently innocent becomes viral and attractive. By publishing Kim 
Jong Il Looking at Things in the collection FOLLOW ME, Collecting Images Today, Jean Boîte
 Éditions  continues to highlight another art scene, which establishe ... More

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