Beloved Leader, acrylic on hanji, 3.28 x 2.13, 2009
If the Kim regime falls, what would you like to see done with the thousands of works of propaganda art, like the ones you used to create?
The passage of time is inevitable and change is inevitable. The people believe that change is coming to North Korea. When the time comes that the regime is no more, the North Korean people will be the ultimate judge. They will be the arbiters of what kind of monuments, icons, or propaganda material to get rid of or preserve.
I would like to preserve some of the monuments as a reminder of the past, a reminder of how North Koreans lived without basic freedoms, how countless North Koreans have had to bow down in front of huge statues of Kim Il Sung, as a reminder of how North Koreans lived. These monuments will be useful in telling the world about North Korea's story. They can still serve a positive purpose in the future.
Interview by Joshua E. Keating. Special thanks to Prof. Sung-yoon Lee of Tufts University for translation assistance.
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