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In the Studio With Phillip Toledano By Miss Rosen

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The Kim Jong Phil Command Center is located in midtown Manhattan, in a studio not far from the Lincoln Tunnel. Here, fabricated human bodies are littered about, once used to make a beanbag chair that was inspired by a photograph of prisoners piled up inside the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. There, small bronzes of photographer Phil Toledano cast as Saddam Hussein on horseback and Joseph-Désiré Mobutu. And then there are the paintings of Toledano recast as Kim Jong Il, which were just returned from an exhibition, still lovingly wrapped in packaging. The paintings, recreations from public works, large scale murals that the former North Korean leader imposed on his citizenry, appeals to Toledano’s charming megalomania.

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