Korean dream, made in Korea - The Book
“Korean dream, made in Korea” - The Book
The new edition of Filippo Venturi's photo book on North and South Korea is now available, in a limited edition of 150 copies!
The book, in Italian and English, browsable from both sides, contains the author's project on the analogies and contradictions of the Korean peninsula. With a text by Junko Terao, editor of Internazionale.
“The anthropological, precise and timely study, which accompanies each image, provides ideas for universal reflection on who we are and where we are going. For this reason, this work goes beyond the reportage and genre photography, arousing universal, truly anthropological interest.” - Davide Grossi
Photographs by Filippo Venturi
Texts by Filippo Venturi and Junko Terao
Emuse publishing house
EUR 40,00 or USD 45,00
63 color photographs
Limited edition of 150 numbered copies
For orders, write to: email@example.com
Until the outbreak of the Second World War, Korea was a single state, with a long history of domination but with solid cultural roots. A bloody war has divided it and changed its destiny by creating two nations that march at different rates but, curiously, maintain some similar peculiarities. Despite the different fates, North and South are struggling with the same frantic search, in an attempt to exhibit their excellence in the world, both from a social and technological point of view, exerting enormous pressure on young people, who are entrusted with the fundamental task to lead the country, to the south, towards modernity and economic development, to the north, towards a political redemption that requires reunification and independence.
Starting from a careful research and preparation of the journey, Filippo Venturi started, in 2014, a project on the Korean peninsula. In 2015 he made Made in Korea, the first part of the project, in South Korea. In 2017, after about two years, necessary for documentation and long procedures for obtaining a visa, he went to North Korea to carry out the second part, Korean Dream.
Excerpt from the critical text by Davide Grossi on the work of Filippo Venturi
“All images are very rigorous and refined, nothing appears "too much" or "too little". Surprise, light irony and never sarcasm. Amazement, curiosity and never preconception. "The photographer's eye" is precise, it asks questions, explores, learns and gives us beautiful images where everything is balanced and bloody well set in the right place at the right time. An unsettling elegance, from which so many famous authors could learn. But what is most striking is the ability and willingness of the author to talk about modern man and his own illnesses. Like the best contemporary art. The anthropological, precise and timely study, which accompanies each image, provides ideas for universal reflection on who we are and where we are going. For this reason, this work goes beyond the “reportage” and genre photography, arousing universal, truly anthropological interest.”
Awards and Exhibitions
This photographic project has received several prizes and awards, including: the Sony World Photography Awards, the New Talents of Fondazione Fotografia Modena, the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, the Portfolio Italia (Hasselblad Grand Prix), the Premio Voglino (Frame Foto Festival), the Premio Il Reportage (Umbria Photo Fest) and the Gomma Photography Grant.
It has been exhibited in prestigious locations, such as the Somerset House of London, the MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, the Foro Boario of Modena, the U Space of Beijing, the Willy Brandt Haus of Berlin, the Kaunas Photo Festival of Lithuania, the Sony Square of New York City, the Italian Center for Fine Art Photography of Bibbiena, the SI Fest of Savignano and the Festival of Ethical Photography of Lodi.
It has been published in newspapers and magazines like Vanity Fair, Internazionale, La Stampa, Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Il Reportage, Das Magazin, L'Officiel Voyage Russia, Monthly Photography South Korea and it has been hosted in TV programs like TG1 and TG3 nel Mondo, guest of the journalist Maria Cuffaro.