* Date : 2019-03-08
A British landscape architect by training, Nicholas Bonner first set foot in North Korea in 1993 as a tourist – that fateful step led him to found Kyryo Tour, a tour operator which specializes in bringing tourists to North Korea. 26 years on, he is deemed one of the foremost experts on North Korea, along with career diplomats and academics.
Over those years he has collected over 10,000 pieces of North Korean memorabilia, 200 of which are being shown in a new exhibition of his. “Made in North Korea” showcases not works of fine art but visual content found in the everyday lives of North Koreans from post stamps, wrapping paper and cartoons to invitations and propaganda posters. Remarkably vivid and bold both in colour and layout, those items bring North Korea’s characteristic language and colours to curious eyes both in South Korea and from the rest of the world. The exhibition is a fascinating window into the real lives of the North Korean people. THE INNERVIEW meets Nicholas Bonner, an entrepreneur-cum-film producer-cum-author, to share his insight into North Korea.