SIT alumna Katharina Zellweger’s private collection of posters from North Korea is on display at The Korea Society’s gallery in New York City. Entitled “Feast or Famine: DPRK Agrarian Posters from the Zellweger Collection,” the exhibit features 23 original, hand-painted posters dealing with themes related to food production.
Zellweger worked in Pyongyang, North Korea, from 2006 to 2011 as the director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s North Korea program. During this time, she collected more than 100 posters on a variety of political and cultural topics.
The posters in this exhibit were produced by the North Korean government for domestic consumption and have rarely been seen outside North Korea. The Korea Society is a nonprofit organization, and this exhibit is in line with the society’s mission to promote “greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.”
The exhibit will be on view through August 24, 2012.
Zellweger is a graduate of SIT’s MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program.