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Image: Nurse, Korean Dreams by Nathalie Daoust

With all eyes on North Korea and its increasingly tense nuclear stand-off with America, Canadian-born photographic artist Nathalie Daoust takes a different look at the people behind the country’s regime with her latest project Korean Dreams. The exhibition will be held at Newcastle’s Abject Gallery from Wednesday 22nd November until Saturday 16th December and will provide rare look inside the DPRK’s hidden inhabitants and their solitary lives.

The exhibition doesn’t just focus on gathering portraits of the public, Daoust’s work often focuses on the escapist impulses and urges that people feel and the dream worlds they create for themselves as a result. After witnessing the oppression and propaganda of the North Korean dictatorship first-hand on a brief visit, the artist became intrigued by the way information is (or, conversely) is not transferred to the people and how the country as a whole has escaped from reality. By utilising darkroom techniques to obscure her images, Daoust aims to explore the way facts are lost and people become detached from the truth. Korean Dreams seeks to understand its subjects from their own perspective, with the knowledge that they can never truly escape.

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