July 25 – August 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 26, 2012
In support of Van Houtryve’s upcoming book of the same name, VII Gallery presents “Behind the Curtains of Twenty-First Century Communism,” a body of work resulting from seven years spent documenting the world’s existing communist states.
Van Houtryve secured unprecedented access to North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Moldova where he discovered a secretive world of revolutionaries, spies, opposition fighters and ordinary workers. His photographs explore the gulf between the high ideals of communism and its complex present day reality.