Today we’re looking at two small books by the French publisher Jean-Boîte, each of which began as a project developed on the Internet. Kim Jong Il Looking at Things is a compilation of the former North Korean leader photographed while looking at things: tomatoes, computers, roads, vegetables, bags. In each image, an unsmiling official presents something for Kim Jong Il’s inspection. From behind a pair of dark futuristic glasses, his eyes validate the objects, their essence and their existence. Originally collected by Joâo Rocha, a member of an advertising agency in Lisbon, these allegedly edificatory photographs become laughable when presented in a serial form, which serves as a silent and skeptical commentary.
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