LEADER KIM shoots Trump dead in South Korea art satire:

Kim Jong Un, a smoking pistol in his hand, looks down at the dead body of President Donald Trump, sprawled on a red carpet next to a metal bag overflowing with US dollars.

Behind the  North Korean leader glows a neon sign saying : ''The show must go on!''

The scene is a part of  installation art exhibition in Seoul    -a satire of the diplomacy over the Korean peninsula that has become a  ''a big political show featuring two of the world's biggest showmen.''

The piece by South Korean artist Lam Young-sim marks the end of a whirlwind year on the  flashpoint peninsula, during which Kim and Trump traded threats of war and personal attacks against each other   -before their dramatic first summit in Singapore.

The colourful war of words between the leaders of the impoverished but nuclear armed North and the world's top super power   -as well as their highly-publicised  summit in June, dominated global headlines this year.

''I just wanted to show our political reality we live in, in which citizens get nervous, anxious happy watching their every single move as they are watching a movie,'' Lim, 59, told AFP.

The work portrays a film set, with Kim and Trump as friends and quarrelling over money. Eventually Kim, angered by the high  interest rates demanded by Trump , shoots the  lender  to death.

''Both leaders are masters of  political shows and using the tensions created by the their hostile rhetoric for their own political gain at home......but what they are lacking seems sincerity,'' Lim said.

The week-long exhibition that ended by Wednesday drew thousands of visitors, some of whom were left aghast at the sight of the leader of the South's top ally killed.....-albeit in art    -by the leader of its wayward northern neighbour.

''Some people angrily told to my face  'artists like you are are jeopardizing our ties with the US  and  national security  , while some others, apparently not  Trump fans, said this piece gave them catharsis,'' Lim said.

The installation    -also a metaphor  for international politics driven by money and capitalism   -will be showcased elsewhere in the South and  abroad next year, he added.

Seoul housewife  Song-Min-kyong saw the artwork as a metaphor for  ''high profile political flirting''  between the two mercurial leaders who may face a vastly different future.

''Politicians   -including Trump,  come and go in a democratic country, but Kim Jong Un is a dictator who can stay in power forever,'' the 42-year- old told AFP   [Agencies]


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