The Amazing, Colorful Flip Card Propaganda Mosaics of North Korea

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Mass flip card mosaics are created by having large groups of people in stadium seating hold up cards that, together, form a complete image. In North Korea, these colorful images often serve as propaganda, celebrating the nation's leaders, prescribed lifestyle, and even its nuclear weapons.

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A flip card mosaic of young and healthy North Koreans during the Arirang Mass Games, the largest choreographed gymnastics display in the world with over 100,000 dancers taking part in the performance, Aug 8, 2007.

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Thousands of North Korean children dance and hold up colored cards to form a picture of Kim Il-sung at a rally in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 28, 1995.

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The portrait of the Great Leader Kim Il-sung (1912-1994), the country's Eternal President during a performance Oct 23, 2000.

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Soldier images formed by thousands of children holding up cards during the annual massive propaganda spectacle known as a "mass game" held in Pyongyang, North Korea, October 11, 2005.

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The show, which has been staged six times a week since Aug. 15, was the largest in three years and has attracted foreign tourists from South Korea and even the U.S. to the reclusive country.

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Pyongyang river view

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Happy children, 2007, 2011 and 2012

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World Peace, 2007

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Image of Kim Il-sung in a wheat field during a "mass game" performance at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 19, 2008.

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A worker woman, a miner, a soldier, and a clever and successful North Korean in a suit on a mosaic during a "mass game" performance, Sept. 19, 2008.

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Brick-breaking in the Rungnado May Stadium, during the Arirang Mass Games of 2008.

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A saluting child in military uniform during a "mass games" performance on Sept. 19, 2008.

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Hello world, we have nuclear weapons, 2011.

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Sunrise on the glorious nation, 2011 and 2013.

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The Great Hydroelectric Power, 2011

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"Pyongyang, the World's capital," 2011

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Portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il at the Arirang Mass Games in 2012

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Colorful images from the Arirang Games, 2012.

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Image of the Unha-3 rocket that North Korea successfully launched in December 2012 during the opening night of the Arirang Mass Games at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium, July 22, 2013.

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Great Agriculture

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Celebration of the 60th anniversary of Korean War, July 27, 2013.

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DISCUSSION

Funny how you can creates a truly impressive work of art to carry a despicable message.

Like, watch some Nazis fiction films sometimes (most of them are on youtube- just don't read the comments!) - Jud Suss in particular is a good one. Those movies have Oscar-worthy production design, acting and direction, but the messages in them are godawful.