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Mongolia highlighted at Venice Biennale 2015

Trans. by B.TUNGALAG

One of the most important events in the art world, La Biennale di Venezia 2015, is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year and opened its 56th International Art Exhibition, including “All the World’s Futures”.
Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the exhibition is presenting 136 artists; 89 national pavilions, where Mongolia along with Grenada, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Seychelles are participating for the first time and other 44 collateral events are taking place in various places around Venice.
The Mongolia pavilion held its official opening for the exhibition “Other Home” on May 7 in Venice, at the historical Palazzo Mora, with the presence of Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul, a major supporter of the project, as well as Member of Parliament S.Batbold, the Ambassador of Mongolia in Rome and some other officials and sponsors. The opening of Mongolia pavilion brought over 40 Mongolians to the city of Venice.
During the opening, preview days of the exhibitions organized in Palazzo Mora, the Mongolia Pavilion had over 4,000 visitors and in two weeks after the opening, around 9,000 people had visited the pavilion. Hundreds of international media mentioned Mongolia as a first time participant and over 30 articles focused on the concept of the exhibition and artists had been published.
According to the international art magazines Art Radar and Art Review Asia, Mongolia was listed in the “top 10 national highlights” that stood out among countries from Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East and Asia respectively. Culture 360 highlighted Mongolia on its top news list. These highlights warmly welcomed Mongolia into the international art platform.
The Mongolia Pavilion is organized by the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA) and funded by leading Mongolian businesses with the support from Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul. The project team includes Head of the MCASA, Commissioner B.Gantuya, curator and art historian Ts.Uranchimeg, Scientific Committee head David A. Ross, former director of Whitney Museum of American Art, and artist and art historian Ch.Boldbaatar. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Embassy of Mongolia in Rome are the official partners of the Mongolia Pavilion.

Mongolia Pavilion Concept

Mongolia has a living tradition of nomadic life specific in its everyday interaction with nature. The nomads live through seasonal migration without causing any modifications to the environment and create their life based solely on natural resources. The Mongolia Pavilion presents Kh.Unen-Enkh and T.Enkhbold, two artists who work with organic materials from Mongolian nomadic life and raise questions about global problems of cultural otherness and modern-day alienation from nature.
Venice was first built by mainland residents fleeing invasions by nomads, including Attila and the Huns in the 5th century. Centuries later, the Venetian merchant Marco Polo (1254 to 1324) traveled to the Mongol Empire, where he spent 16 years at Khubilai Khaan’s (1215 to 1294) court. Building upon the historical legacy of Venice’s relationship with nomads and Mongols, the Mongolia Pavilion consists of two types of art presentation: a sedentary pavilion space at the Palazzo Mora and a nomadic pavilion.
The new era of globalization is characteristic of high technology and mobility between continents often resulting in questions of one’s belonging. The Mongolia Pavilion responds to the global problem of displacement through a multifaceted notion of one’s “home” as the site for sharing energies between peoples and cultures in any part of global world.

Source: Gogo.mn

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