Chris Barrett
North Korea, Icons of Rhetoric, Polaroid, Impossible film, nottingham, bonington gallery
18 June 2015 to 10 July 2015
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ICONS OF RHETORIC | 북한의 수사학 아이콘

Chris Barrett & Gianluca Spezza @ the Bonington Gallery - Nottingham NG1 4GG


To what extent does the way we receive and perceive images in the digital era affect the transmission and circulation of ideas, ideologies and forms of knowledge?

Does ‘media massification’ pose any ramifications in regards to the current communication climate being a place where ‘the world comes to us, not us going out to the world’?

Icons of Rhetoric offers a different approach to documenting North Korea, merging established news media practices with more contemporary ones. Creators, photographer Chris Barrett and researcher/writer Gianluca Spezza, introduce us to the often-cited ‘most isolated country in the world’, North Korea. They do this in order to explore visual representation and the contextualisation of media images.

By reinterpreting images that already exist in the public domain, the work plays on an aesthetic of authenticity. It objectifies a notion of perception while using instant film as a method for exploration into a visual syntax, a syntax that frames an increasingly polarised and digitally dependent world.



DATE:     Thu 18 Jun 2015 - Fri 10 Jul 2015

TIME:     Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm   


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