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‘Nondiscriminatory Faith’

By M.OYUNGEREL

Artist U.Barkhuu is presenting his first solo exhibition, “Nondiscriminatory Faith”, at the Union of Mongolian Artists’ Art Gallery until September 3.
U.Barkhuu graduated from Anima Art Design School. At the age of 16, he became an apprentice to the artist Bulgan. He is presenting this exhibition with some work by Bulgan as well.
The bond they share is indescribable. U.Barkhuu noted that his teacher took him on when he had no money and gave him four years of free education. Bulgan said, “As his art teacher, and a very strict one, I have never ever praised him once in these 14 years, until now. My eyes are tearing up as I open my apprentice’s first exhibition.”
The name of the exhibition drew a lot of attention. Bulgan named it, and when asked about her choice she said, “The reason I named this exhibition ‘Nondiscriminatory Faith’ is, that after all these years, I understand that faith is most important between a teacher and a student. Lots of my students have strayed from the art path, as it is very difficult. But Baraa has not gone away. He has developed and become committed during this journey, and I thank him for this exhibition and what he has made me understand.”
Barkhuu is a teacher at Anima Art Design School and is a solo dancer for Mongolia’s only Native American dance troupe, “Sun Dance”. His fellow dancers came to perform for the opening of the exhibition. Even in the summer heat, they had on Native American costumes with feathers spread like an eagle’s. The moves resembled animals in nature, and suddenly the gallery was filled with feathers floating in the air.
The artist is called the “Mongolian Van Gogh” with his captivating dabs of the brush and extreme colors. His work holds as sharp a message as its colors. Even from his troupe’s choreography and his artwork, you can see his love for his culture and nature’s ties to humanity.
The exhibition draws attention to how humane and close we are to nature with Mongolian traditions. His works are very critical of the westernization Mongolia is adopting. “Traitors of Horses” shows a motorcycle circled by horse skulls as if it’s saying horses are a dead culture.
The work makes you think of the materialistic individuals we have become, and how we’re forgetting the main values in life: having faith and preserving culture.
The artist responds to and criticizes these social changes, but still poses questions and leaves space for his audience to think about the issues for themselves.
This exhibition shines a light on the development Mongolia has gone through and shows the viewer the cultural side that has been forgotten as we step toward development.

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