A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you who continue to support us and the work we do, especially whilst the borders have remained close throughout 2023.
We hope as ever for more positive news to come out of North Korea in 2024 so we can continue our various engagement projects.
Open or not, we hope you’ll stick around for the journey!
Women at Work is a Koryo Studio commission. We commissioned 12 works by Hwang In Jae in 2012 on the theme of employment for women.
This work is characterised by skilled draftsmanship, cutting, and poetic use of a colour palette.
(Part of the Ship Building series)
In April and May 2011, seven artists went to the east coast port of Wonsan for eight days. Three of the artists then visited the nearby west seaport of Nampo for five days. They stayed in small local hotels on the seafront, following the shipbuilders and the life of the port, sketching and photographing during the day and eating fresh fish, drinking soju (rice wine) in the evening.
Unfortunately, the project was suddenly cancelled by the art studio and the reasons were never made clear. The only pieces we received were the works by Hwang In Jae, one of the most famous printmakers in North Korea and a People’s Artist..