Title: CITY MIGRATION 都市农民工
Artist: Nicholas Bonner/Dominic Johnson Hill with DPRK artist
Year: September 2008
Medium: Gouache on paper
Dimensions: 103 x 73.5 cm
The rocket in ‘City Migration’ is based on the Chinese images Nick and Dominic gave the Koreans. However, the subject matter is not new to them.
Satellites, rockets, and missiles are synonymous with North Korea. Their development is used as internal and external propaganda to demonstrate the country’s capabilities. So, this subject matter certainly won’t have been new to the North Korean artists. However, the application of it may have been.
The refurbished Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace in Pyongyang recently replaced its copy of the space shuttle with a version of its own 1998 Unha-3 rocket.
However, the city buildings have a retro-futuristic look which is almost a precursor of Mirae Street in Pyongyang. This street was built in 2015.