Story of a Secret State

Listening for Unheard Voices - North Korea

Coinciding with the 2010 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, 'Story of a Secret State' will bring daring content, striking visual art and a moving story to Guildford Lane Gallery. Featuring the work of 9 Internationally regarded artists, the exhibition takes aim at the human rights violations currently taking place in North Korea.

Art Exhibition previously on at Guildford Lane Gallery (Closed) in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 27 April 2010 to Sunday 09 May 2010
Launch Thursday 29 April 2010, 6:00PM

Don't take her away from me - Courtney Kim image

Published by Guildford Lane Gallery on Tuesday 20 April 2010.
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The group exhibition, which runs from 26 April to 9 May at the Guildford Lane Gallery in Melbourne, uses stunning pieces of visual art to convey a story of the poorer North Koreans, from the time they are children, scouring for food on the streets, to the desperate attempt for freedom at the country’s armed borders.

There are consequences for those that are caught, which are highlighted in confronting detail. Finally we are left with the challenges that face those that do succeed and reach new lands. Does life get any easier?

Behind the vision is creative director Courtney Kim from Symphonic Pixels. Herself of South Korean heritage and the daughter of a Korean international economists and senior researcher of the Korean Unification Institute, Courtney grew up hearing stories of the unjust treatment of her Korean neighbours. She now aims above all else to have a story close to her own heart, heard by an Australian audience.

“Coming from South Korea I had all the opportunities and freedoms in the world, even the freedom to move overseas and study in Australia. Only a few kilometres up in the north though, our neighbours didn’t have a single opportunity that I had,” she said.

“I have found that Australians in general see North Korea as only Kim Jong Il or nuclear weapons, and all of the other aggressive political traits. But the real North Korea, which I’m hoping to illustrate in my exhibition, is almost unheard of. It’s a real shame.


20 – 24 Guildford Lane Gallery
Melbourne, VIC 3000