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Published by Phaidon, Made in North Korea is a fascinating look at graphic design in the secretive state ruled by Kim Jong-un and the Workers’ Party of Korea. Author Nicholas Bonner grew up in the UK but moved to Beijing in 1993 and co-runs a tourist company that organises trips to Pyongyang. He is also involved in cultural projects and has co-directed a North Korean feature film.
Bonner has been collecting ephemera since his first visit to the country in the mid 1990s. “I was charmed and simply taken by the graphic design elements of the products there…. So I would buy Korean sweets and keep the wrappers and the hoarding eventually became several large boxes stuffed with what others might, justifiably, call junk,” he writes in the book. This “junk” includes postcards, stamps, airline tickets, beer labels and propaganda.
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