Like the party game “telephone,” these rosy paintings are the result of a long chain of second-hand impressions. Conceived by the two British ex-pats Nick Bonner and Dominic Johnson-Hill, these hand-painted images were created by North Korean propaganda artists. Oh, and to add even more whimsy to the mix, the CCTV Headquarters, Bird's Nest, and Beijing National Aquatics Center didn’t even exist when they were painted—all work was done from sketches and renderings of these iconic Chinese buildings-to-be.
The dreamy paintings that we found through the Guardian emphasize how far China has come since the glory days of its own Communist aesthetic, but they also manage to turn it right back around into critique. Considering the human rights violations and the abundance of shady business, the rosy jovial audiences of the paintings are probably depictions that the Chinese government wishes they could still use. Thankfully though, we have North Korea to do that for us.
The paintings were recently part of Beijing Design Week, in the Beautiful Future exhibit, and emphasize a clash of culture, time, and politics that is still present in China.
[via the Guardian]
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