The Mental Museum

N Korean Propaganda

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“Let’s give a bigger part to the advantages of the socialist treatment system through greater effort.”

The hand-painted posters are produced at a studio complex in Pyongyang, North Korea where about 1,000 artists work. Many posters promote the communist state or seek to tear down American imperialism. They also promote healthy lifestyle and hard work. Despite hostile messages directed towards the western empire, the astonishing resemblances in style and tone to American 1950 poster doctrines is uncanny.  “A car in every garage and a chicken in every pot” screams its way to the surface of these patriotic and public encouragements.  Western “We can do it” and “I WANT YOU” ad mentality of promoting hard work, staying fit and staying loyal not only seems to inspire this style, but its purpose to propagate. Buyers purchase posters like these in the hopes to sell at art auction to collectors overseas. And as these posters have infact proved so popular, a book has been published and an exhibition in New York is planned.

“Let’s learn to swim at an early age.”

“Look! The face of American imperialism.”


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July 31, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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  1. Excellent. Good find on the subject matter!Spot on about the resemblance to American posters and the irony of using an american design style to propogate anti-american rhetoric!I especially like the imperialism one-it’s nicely done, although the message could be better crafted. You should do a piece comparing the nazi, n.korean, american, soviet and chinese propaganda. The piece in the middle is just like the illustrations from countless childrens books I read as a kid. But why the hell are they brainwashing people to learn how to swim?!?!ahahahahahahaha thats funny!i suppose they have their reasons…anyway great subject and well written


    July 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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