China is no stranger to propaganda, and in many cases the methods are no different to what they’ve been historically – manipulation and censorship, of press and online; release of official “how to behave” documents; flat out denial or counter-attack with regard to pollution, human rights issues, housing problems etc…
But to imagine what modern version of yesterdays old style Chinese propaganda might look like, British artists Nick Bonner and Dominic Johnson-Hill commissioned a North Korean group that once made propaganda for their own state, to create a series of paintings that are a mix between eerie dystopias and picturesque scenes pocked by an unsettling feeling.
“The artists are … painting things they’ve never seen before … which gives the images an even more unreal, dreamlike quality,” Bonner tells the Guardian. “We wanted to show contemporary China as it could have been, if it had continued with Maoist ideology.”
The works are part of a long-running and ongoing series called The Beautiful Future, and they recently finished a showing in Beijing.
From The Verge – where you can see more images.