Pyongyang, North Korea, 2017

The abbreviation DMZ stands for De-Militarized Zone, which is the demarcation line defining the temporary and/or artificial border between two sides in an unresolved armed conflict. Although the term has been used in several other conflict zones, it is most widely known and associated with the Korean peninsula where it has divided one nation into two opposing states for more than 60 years since the end of the Second World War and Japanese occupation.

The first of its kind, DMZ Academy is a practical and theoretical
symposium for cultural exchange in the international visual arts.
For a limited period of time in August 2017, we will create a temporary art academy in Pyongyang, DPRK, where international and Korean visual artists together will exchange ideas and experiences about their respective crafts.
Disciplines such as painters, sculptors, and photographers will be represented, as well as those special to the DPRK such as mosaic artists, embroidery and backdrop painters.
The DMZ Academy also aims to give artists from other countries an opportunity to understand more of the position that culture has in North Korean society, as well as the high level of craftsmanship among its artists.

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