Arthur Mebius

Arthur Mebius – Dear Sky / North Korean Aviation

Location: Bastion Oranje / Building G / Area 9

Arthur Mebius is playing on home turf here; he is based in Naarden. He is well known as an advertising photographer (for, among others, Volkswagen, KPN, Migros and, but also makes a lot of non-commercial work. He specializes in ‘one frame stories’, which show the past, the present and the future.

In Naarden one can see his series on Air Koryo, the national airline of North Korea. Due to international sanctions and environmental conditions, the only international destinations of the airline remaining are China and Vladivostok. The old Antonovs, Ilyushins and Tupolevs rarely fly abroad and therefore seem superfluous. However, these aircraft and their crews are ready for use. Arthur Mebius captures the routine work of the crew: a well-rehearsed performance of maintenance, checks and procedures. It’s a beautiful “ground control dance”, which exudes an image of dedication and pride.