For International Friendship Exhibition, a group show opening December 1 at Primary Projects in Miami for Art Basel, the connecting thread is exploring the nature of contradiction. It takes its name from a museum in North Korea which houses a wide array of gifts given to the country’s leaders over the years, meant to serve as a reminder of how universally admired they are around the world.
The 19 artists, including Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Gavin Perry, Asif Farooq, Magnus Sodamin, Cole Sternberg, Cody Hudson, and Michael Vasquez play with this idea of the blurring of reality with fantasy, and the facade inherent in the North Korean museum’s conceit:
While gifts from the Communist party and Michael Jordan-signed basketballs are hardly fair guise for North Korea’s complex history, the interplay of tawdry and fear is a testament to the power of contradiction itself—its own history has informed the very fabric of the universe, from mathematical equations to politics and philosophy. Presenting the concept of contradiction microcosmically and sometimes self-referentially, the works at PRIMARY’s “International Friendship Exhibition” instigate an open conversation about contradiction: both in meaning and for society’s ongoing need for it.
Check out some of the artwork above, and find more here.