Charming, likeable (and delightful)
Seoul, 2018 | Incheon Art Platform
80 x 150 cm
Digital print on vinyl banner
Appropriating the cheap format of Korean abusive street adverts, Charming, likeable (and delightful) ironically offers free artist studios in Pyongyang, North Korea. Access to North Korea is impossible to South Koreans, and artist studio spaces are entirely managed by the State. Appropriating the cheap format of Korean abusive streets adverts, the banner offers free artist studios in Pyongyang, North Korea. In reality, access to the country is forbidden to South Koreans, and artistic activities in the North are entirely managed by the communist state apparatus. The work becomes a hopeful and humorous attempt to create a bridge in the divided context of the Korean peninsula. The choice of the title also goes in this direction and contributes to revive the anarchist approach embodied by Tzara’s poetry. Charming, Likeable and Delightful is also the title of a Tristan Tzara’s dada poem.