Mario Garcia Torres, One Minute to Act a Title: Kim Jong-un’s Favorite Movies, 2018, 16mm film or video, black and white, silent, dimensions variable, certificate of authenticity, Commissioned by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 7 minutes 15 seconds, edition of 5 and 2 A.P., installation view at Jan Mot, Brussels, 2019
For decades, North Korea’s top leadership has transferred power from father to son, after the death of the former. In this film, Garcia Torres revisits his earlier work based on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il (1941-2011), a film aficionado with a collection of some 20,000 titles and a whirlwind of controversies surrounding his activities related to the subject. In this work, the artist imagines the favorite movies of the dictator’s son Kim Jong-un (b. 1991), the country’s current chairman, which are presented by actors in a fast-paced game of charades.