August 06, 2021

A portrait of authority: Pictures of the Kims in N. Korea

What role do the omnipresent pictures of the leadership play in society? And are they really unique?

North Korea is a country living, day and night, under the watchful eyes of millions of portraits of its leaders.

In every home, in every office, in every school, on public transportation and in every public place, hang portraits of the deceased former heads of state Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, a constant reminder of who’s in charge.