Slovenian avant-garde rock group Laibach performs the past

Laibach in 1989
Laibach in 1989

On August 19, 2015, the Slovenian avant-garde, experimental, industrial rock group made history by becoming the first foreign band to play a gig in North Korea. Their stage shows utilise a range of visual culture from the past: Nazi Germany, socialist and authoritarian Yugoslavia, the Russian avant-garde, among others. In my article for The Conversation UK, “First foreign band to play North Korea is famed for its ‘fascism,’ I explore the significance of this event, because of the particular manner in which they perform these controversial elements of the past.