States of Mind: Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer June 17 – August 13, 2017
Cuba, la lucha. Carl De Keyzer, MAGNUM, Courtesy Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels.
DPR Korea Grand Tour. Carl De Keyzer, MAGNUM, Courtesy Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels.
This exhibition features 60 photographic prints of scenes from two communist nations, North Korea and Cuba, by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer. The Cuba photos, grouped together under the series title Cuba, la lucha, were taken shortly after former President Barack Obama's 2014 speech inviting the relaxation of the Communist island's 56-year embargo. The North Korean prints, which will be shown in conjunction with Cuba, la lucha for the first time, were shot in 2015 when the artist spent more than 40 nights in North Korea with the British-run Koryo Group. During this time, De Keyzer traveled and documented each province in the country.
De Keyzer is a globally renowned photographer and member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective, and the recipient of 17 international awards. The photographs in this exhibition powerfully capture the struggles and the leisure of everyday Cubans and North Koreans in uncommon scenes.