Under the Eternal Sunshine – North Korea series
An infographic project inspired by the trip I made to Pyongyang, North Korea in 2012. A fascinating and surreal place to visit indeed, it felt like a completely different world. The project is inspired by Russian Constructivist art and Communist propaganda posters. n the series of posters I wanted to depict the everyday life facts of the ordinary people, which I witnessed during my visit, as well as a prevalent sense of political tensions, control and propaganda – which is also a big part of people's everyday life there. North Koreans are constantly exposed to the political propaganda, which is transmitted via the megaphones installed on their houses and even the designated vans.

There is a bizarre domestic dogs enclosure in the zoo, probably due to the fact that not many people can afford to keep pets. It was strange to see domestic dog breeds, such as dalmatians and German shepherds, to be exhibited in the zoo, like rare for sight animals, along with tigers and elephants. However we have seen hens and roosters kept on the balconies of Pyongyang flats. 

Women aren't allowed to smoke, but almost all men are smokers. Men aren't allowed to wear piercings, grow their hair long or have any facial hair; both men and women aren't allowed to dye their hair any other colour than black. There are dress code controllers patrolling the streets, they are typically female volunteers, recognisable by their long skirts – which is essentially their uniform. The dress code controllers have a whistle, which they use whenever they see a troublemaker. There was barely any transport, but there was a traffic controller on every single junction. Majority of people still don’t own cars in North Korea, making walking, public transport and cycling the predominant modes of transportation. People often carry heavy bags and walk for very long distances. Owning a bicycle is pretty much an equivalent to owning a car.

Every night the city is drowned into the total darkness, with the Juche Tower, remaining the only source of light throughout the night.
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