Art is hijacked by Politics!
BLACK MONUMENT will life the curtain North Korean art business in mainly three different African countries; Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Senegal. North Korea started building statues and monuments to African countries as free gift in 1970s, and it slowly changed to a big business to earn money since 2000. However, their secret bids never open to public, and the artworks have been used to maintain dictators’ power. In this film, we’d like to see why North Korea is in Africa and how it affects on African local people with economical, religious, and artistic reason.
Onejoon Che (°1979, Director) Born in Seoul, South Korea. He becomes one of the most acclaimed young visual artists by actively working and exhibiting around the world. His art works including photograph, video and movie, from 2001 to the present, deal with specific places of Korean society, which densely interconnect social and political matters containing taboo issues. He won the prestigious Ilwoo documentary photography award (2010), and was nominated at the 11th Hermes Korea Art Prize (2011). In 2012, he was appointed as a laureate of the artistic creation subsidy program of the Musée du Quai Branly 2012 in Paris, France, with the photography project “A Monumental Tour”. As an artist and photographer, ‘Black Monument’ will be his debut feature documentary.
She produced the first international documentary, ‘Here comes Uncle Joe’, with Crossing Borders and diverse partners; ITVS (USA), NHK(JAPAN), NRK(NORWAY), SBS (Korea). This project got Best Pitch Awards from ASD 2011 and SSD 2011, and took Best Long Documentary Award from Gold Panda Documentary Festival 2014(China) and Best Documentary Feature & Best Director of Non-fiction Award from TELAS-Sau Paulo TV Festival 2014. In 2015, She is producing international documentaries, ‘MR.ELECTION’,‘REACH FOR THE SKY’, and ‘ASHES TO ASHES’, and joins several documentary workshops as a mentor.
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