Khulan Day of Art
September 18, 2013 has been selected as Mongolian Khulan Day. The day was chosen by the non-governmental organization Association GOVIIN KHULAN and by Buddhist monks who have partnered with this organization. To celebrate the event, the artists of Mongolia are invited to create artworks (photographs, paintings, sculptures, poems, songs, musical compositions, etc.) that illustrate the endangered Khulan (Mongolian wild ass) and/or its habitat.
This art project to celebrate Mongolian Khulan Day is being organized in partnership with a number of art galleries in Ulaanbaatar.
The project aims to reinforce the links between Mongolia’s culture and nature protection.
Mongolian wild animals are rarely illustrated in Mongolian art, so this project, through encouraging art, music, songs and poetry inspired by Mongolia’s rare and unique wild animals, aims to contribute towards getting greater exposure of the wild species that are part of this nation’s natural heritage.
The project is also an opportunity for Mongolian artists to express their points of view on the topics of biodiversity and nature conservation.
Using art as a visual support and thanks to conferences that will be held in relation to upcoming art events, this project will help to raise public awareness on the issues relating to biodiversity in Mongolia, particularly in the Gobi area, and increase awareness regarding the need for the Mongolian people to take action to protect their natural areas and wild species.
Some of the artworks created as part of the project will be used to illustrate educational material that the Goviin Khulan Association will create under its project to protect the Khulan.
“It is hoped that greater awareness of the highly endangered Khulan will increase public appreciation this rare animal and will increase the cultural value of Mongolia’s only wild donkey species,” said Anne-Camille Souris, President of the Goviin Khulan Association.
An Ode to the Khulan titled “The Lord of the Gobi” is being composed by B.Khosbayar, a talented Mongolian throat singer, and a member of the Tenger Mongolian throat singing band. B.Khosbayar represents a new generation of Mongolian artists, and one of the many artists in Mongolia that is concerned about the prospect of Mongolia losing rare species such as the Khulan.
Artworks created under the project will be promoted for sale on the Goviin Khulan Association website and on the partners’ Facebook pages, along with promotion material about the artists who contribute the artworks. Artworks should be submitted to Goviin Khulan Association before September 1, 2013.
For further information, please visit the Goviin Khulan Association website: http://www.goviin-khulan.com/explore/mongolian-culture-and-biodiversity-conservation/
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