'International Friendship, Solidarity(wood sculpture) by Samora Moisés Machel, President of People's Republic of Mozambique Juche72(1983).9]', 2017, digital inkjet print, 70 x 50 cm.
'International Friendship, The first president of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor gave Kim Il-sung a gift of a sculpture', video still from re-edited North Korean film "World wide support for Kim Il Sung, 1980’s", 2017, HD video, 5 min
Born Seoul (KR), 1979
During his mandatory military service in South Korea the artist CHE Onejoon was assigned at a police station due to his technical skills as a photographer.
Ordered to document protestors at demonstrations, he was essentially employed as an undercover cop. Since then, the methods of a secret agent have slipped into CHE’s arts practice. He has produced photographs and short films that capture the trauma of modern Korean history by documenting the bunkers from the post-Korean War period and the abandoned U.S. Army camps in South Korea after the Iraq War.
From 2013 to 2016, he made a documentary film and video installation on the buildings and monuments in Africa constructed by the North Korean Mansudae Art Studio. His new project “International friendship” is based on the gifts which were given to Kim Il-sung by African dictators as a token of appreciation for the buildings and monuments which were built in Africa by North Korea. The project consists of a re-edited version of the North Korean propaganda film Worldwide Support for Kim Il Sung, illegally scanned photographs, and 3-D printed objects from the photographs.
Researching and producing his projects over multiple years, CHE’s projects convey invisible and classified information, related to sensitive political issues and undisclosed parts of history.