Xiomara Bender

Waiting for the Rainbow

Ten Years in North Korea

The few countries in the world that remain so closed off that practically no one from the outside gets an insight. North Korea is certainly one of the most secluded. Ruled by the same family for generations, the dictatorship virtually prohibits any contact beyond its borders, isolating 26 million inhabitants from the rest of humanity. This is why the photo book "Waiting for the Rainbow" by Xiomara Bender is so valuable, as it engages with the Korean region in a deeply honest way.

The author portrays the lives and everyday routines of the people in this country that few have the chance to know. She seeks to draw attention to the many fates and the changes of recent years, which in this strict dictatorship are only possible in subtle micro-steps. Through her photographic journey through time, her readers can witness this transformation that brings hope. People who appear more self-assured as the book progresses, smiles that turn into laughter, clothing that gradually reflects more of fashion than uniformity. All of this is shown to us by the author in emotionally resonant images.

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Bender has undertaken nine journeys to North Korea in almost ten years, bringing back this unique photo documentation. The award-winning artist aims to break through the world's culture of willful ignorance regarding North Korea with her work, and without reproach, direct attention to the unvarnished daily lives of the people living there and their state-orchestrated routines.

In addition to the touching images, the author prompts reflection through many short texts, without appearing didactic. Her language is art, opening up to those who free the way.

Xiomara Bender
Photographer
Price
€ 60,00 | $ 70 | £ 49,95
Availability
Pages
208
Images
approx. 160 color and b/w photographs
Format
27,5 x 34 cm |10 5/6 x 13 3/8 in.

Book title
Waiting for the Rainbow
Subtitle
Ten Years in North Korea
Publisher
teNeues Verlag GmbH
Release date
15.5.2024
Format
27,5 x 34 cm |10 5/6 x 13 3/8 in.
Language
English & German
Pages
208
Images
approx. 160 color and b/w photographs
Price
€ 60,00 | $ 70 | £ 49,95
Finish / Special Book-Work
Hardcover
Category
Travel & Sports, Nature & Animals, New releases
ISBN (DE)
9783961715534

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