La Corea del Nord che non abbiamo mai visto

La Corea del Nord sconosciuta anche ai sudcoreani, svelata da Carl De Keyze con un tour in luoghi mai fotografati prima, in mostra e in libreria.

Pyongyang, Carl de Keyzer, DPR Korea Grand Tou
Pyongyang - Local guide and expert on the Pyongyang skyline, wearing traditional Korean dress; Tower of the Juche Idea. 16 September 2015 4:00 PM © Carl De Keyzer - MAGNUM

Viaggi e vacanze non aspettano l'estate ma avere accesso ad alcuni luoghi continua a essere un problema in tutte le stagioni dell'anno. Qualcuno ha già approfittato delle Olimpiadi invernali dello scorso febbraio, per inserire la Corea del Sud tra le mete top del 2018, ma la cosa si complica se decidete di visitare la vicina e blindata Corea del Nord.

Da oltre mezzo secolo sotto il controllo totale di un regime di stampo marxista–leninista governato dalla dinastia Kim, la Repubblica Democratica Popolare di Corea resta semisconosciuta all’Occidente quanto ai vicini sudcoreani, oltre a essere tra i paesi più difficili da fotografare, anche da chi è provvisto di permessi per visite rigorosamente guidate nei luoghi che il regime considera accessibili. Il fotografo Magnum Carl De Keyzer è uno dei pochissimi ad aver avuto accesso quasi illimitato alla RPDC, ma questa estate basta un viaggio nei Paesi Bassi per approfittare di una selezione di scatti del suo DPR Korea – Grand Tour, in mostra al Museum Helmond (fino al 23 settembre 2018).

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DPR Korea - North Korea Pyongyang An official portrait of Marshal Kim Jong Un providing on-the-spot guidance. 27 May 2017 10:00 AM Exhibition at Museum Helmond / Netherlands from June 19 - Sept 23/2018. Book published by Lannoo / Belgium available for 50 € (D.P.R.KOREA Grand Tour). North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totalling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). #magnumphotos #Magnum Photos #MagnumPhotos #carldekeyzer #DPRK #NorthKorea #northkorea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism #kimjungun #Pyongyang #dprk #pyongyang #60daysDPRK

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Visitando circa 220 dei 250 luoghi visitabili dagli stranieri, tra i quali molti mai fotografati prima, a causa dell'impegno che richiede e visite cancellate all'ultimo minuto, quello di Carl De Keyzer è il primo obiettivo occidentale puntato sulle realtà e località di fatto inaccessibili. Le oltre 250 immagini del suo Grand Tour, offrono quindi una visione unica e spesso sorprendente di uno dei paesi più complessi, nascosti e isolati al mondo.

Dallo skyline della capitale Pyongyang e dei suoi parchi divertimento (ben quattro), a quello delle risaie che richiamano nei campi anche gli abitanti della città durante i periodi più impegnativi di semina e raccolta, il tour del fotografo mette a fuoco peculiarità e contraddizioni del paese, colte nel corso delle diverse visite compiute in quattro viaggi, dal 2015 al 2017.

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DPR Korea - North Korea Pyongyang A swimmer watches a Korean movie on the screen; Munsu Waterpark. The poster shows examples of men’s haircuts. 8 November 2015 2:00 PM Book published by Lannoo / Belgium available for 50 € (D.P.R.KOREA Grand Tour). North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totalling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). #magnumphotos #Magnum Photos #MagnumPhotos #carldekeyzer #DPRK #NorthKorea #northkorea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism #kimjungun #Pyongyang #dprk #pyongyang #60daysDPRK

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DPR Korea - North Korea Sinchon ‘Let’s drive out American Imperialism and Unite the Fatherland’ reads a poster at the Sinchon US War Atrocities Museum. Political slogans are written in red, and black is reserved for particularly detested words, in this case: ‘American Imperialism’. 3 November 2015 1:00 PM Book published by Lannoo / Belgium available for 50 € (D.P.R.KOREA Grand Tour). North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totalling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). #magnumphotos #Magnum Photos #MagnumPhotos #carldekeyzer #DPRK #NorthKorea #northkorea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism #kimjungun #Pyongyang #dprk #pyongyang #60daysDPRK

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La selezione d'immagini in mostra, insieme a quelle incluse nel voluminoso catalogo edito da Lannoo Publishers (20 marzo 2018) con copertina rossa, si concedono l'esplorazione della nazione di 25 milioni di persone, della quale si sa ben poco. Fatta eccezione per la politica nucleare e antiamericana della quale il suo dittatoriale Kim Yo-jong non fa mistero a nessuno, men che mai a Donald Trump.

Accompagnato dalla guida locale in abiti tradizionali che apre questa segnalazione, o quelle in divisa della regione, ogni spettatore può concedersi un tour virtuale nella RPDC che possiede lo stadio più grande del mondo, insieme a uno dei più grandi eserciti permanenti. Un proprio fuso orario (spostato di almeno mezz'ora da qualsiasi altro luogo al mondo) e un uso non regolamentato delle droghe.

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DPR Korea - North Korea Kaesong A girl plays the accordion in Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace. The accordion is a popular instrument inherited from the Soviet Union. The DPRK now produces its own accordions. 5 November 2015 4:00 PM Exhibition at Museum Helmond / Netherlands from June 19 - Sept 23/2018. Book published by Lannoo / Belgium available for 50 € (D.P.R.KOREA Grand Tour). North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totalling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). #magnumphotos #Magnum Photos #MagnumPhotos #carldekeyzer #DPRK #NorthKorea #northkorea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism #kimjungun #Pyongyang #dprk #pyongyang #60daysDPRK

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Pyongyang A 3D photo exhibition about the DPRK by a foreign photographer, with refreshments; Pyongyang Cultural Exhibition Center. 24 September 2015 4:00 PM North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totalling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). Please visit my exhibition in Ghent, Belgium if you are around. Floraliën hal, Citadelpark, Ghent (behind SMAK museum of contemporary art). From Dec 9 - April 2d. Closed on Mondays and from February 21 - 28. Book published by Lannoo available for 50 € (D.P.R.KOREA Grand Tour). #magnumphotos #Magnum Photos #MagnumPhotos #carldekeyzer #DPRK #North Korea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism #Kim_Jung_Un #Pyongyang #60daysDPRK

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La visita offre scorci inediti di Corea del Nord, tra centri benessere e poligoni di tiro, pulizie della metropolitana e marce ufficiali, visite allo zoo di Pyongyang in fase di ristrutturazione e parate militari omaggiate da mazzi di petali rosa, mentre l'enorme struttura dedicata a importanti incontri militari e politici fa fatica ad accogliere la quotidianità dell'individuo.

Ad arricchire la mostra, contribuisce anche la proiezione dell'acclamato Under the Sun (2016), del regista russo-lettone Vitaly Mansky. Il documentario inquadra la vita di una famiglia di Pyongyang, mentre la figlia si prepara a unirsi alla Korean Children's Union durante il Day of the Shining Star (il compleanno di Kim Jong-il). Per sbirciare altro, consiglio di approfittare anche di quello che il fotografo condivide sul suo profilo social di Instagram.

Pyongyang - Father and son sit down for a rest in front of the April 25th House of Culture. April 25th is the founding date of the Korean People’s Army, and the enormous structure is used for important military and political meetings, as well as performances. 26 May 2017 10:00 AM
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