OTHER HOME - MONGOLIA PAVILION at La Biennale di Venezia 2015

Mongolia - Biennale Arte 2015

The first ever Mongolia Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia presents Unen Enkh and Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, two artists who work with organic materials from Mongolian nomadic life and raise questions about the global problems of cultural otherness and modern-day alienation from nature. The Pavilion is curated by Uranchimeg Tsultem and commissioned by Gantuya Badamgarav, the founder of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA).

OTHER HOME - THE MONGOLIA PAVILION
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 environment and create their life based solely on natural resources. The Mongolia Pavilion presents Unen Enkh and Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, 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 (1254–1324) traveled to the Mongol Empire, where he spent 16 years at Khubilai Khaan’s (1215-1294) 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 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. (Text by Curator Uranchimeg Tsultemin)
Artist UNEN ENKH
Unen Enkh was born (in 1958) and raised in Mongolia. As the artist recollects, the foundation of his thinking through art was established in his early childhood. Both his parents had a critical impact in his development as they nurtured his taste for imaginative ideas and encouraged courageous free thinking, unusual during socialism. Showing a serious interest in art and drawing, in 1974 he went to the only public, state-run Institute of Fine Art. Unen Enkh studied graphic art. As part of an exchange between socialist countries, in 1981 Unen Enkh went to Eastern Europe to attend art colleges, first in Prague and then in Budapest, where he graduated with two degrees, a bachelor’s and master’s in art. His success in graphic art was quite obvious as several works received awards in 1985 and 1987 at the Graphic Biennale in Miskolc, Hungary. Although he continued to work in graphic art, his interest in other media and experimentation began in Budapest in the mid 1980s. Now he is based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Text by Curator Uranchimeg Tsultemin)
Artist ENKHBOLD TOGMIDSHIIREV
Enkhbold (b. 1978) a young emerging artist, born and raised in Mongolian countryside, moved to the capital Ulaanbaatar as a college student. For him, the human-born landscape, and man-made urban forms constitute the unnecessary division that he questions in many ways through his installations and performance works. He is selective in his media and locales for his performances as he explores the ideas of divide and compromise, interior and exterior spaces as critical elements of urban life. Since 2009, the artist has been carrying his self created home “ger” and traveling around Finland, Holland and Great Britain, building his home in the midst of big cities, on beaches and on the sides of highways. In these performances, he experiments with the feeling of the inside of the “ger” and its connection to the space and people outside, exchanging contrasting energies through by means of awakening his senses of sight, smell, touch and hearing. He was invited to participate in the 2012 Shanghai International Art Biennale and the 2011 Asia Triennial Manchester for his performances. Enkhbold’s two-dimensional works, made primarily of horse dung, ash, sand, and wood are displayed at the Palazzo Mora. With these works, Enkhbold joins the artists who defy the traditional concept of painting and its usual materials. Enkhbold’s performance art in Venice further develops ideas that he has explored previously at different locales around the world, questioning the division between urban forms and his nature-based ger (yurt). (Text by Curator Uranchimeg Tsultemin)
MONGOLIA NOMADIC PAVILION: Performances 
Since his debut in the art world, artist Enkhbold has established himself as Mongolia‘s foremost performance artist. During his visits to Europe (UK, 2011) and his residency programs there (Holland, 2009), Enkhbold presented several performances, setting up his small portable ger on an empty beach, near a windmill, and outside of a museum. The idea of this portable little home that travels and changes with its occupant constitutes the core of his art concept. Enkhbold is selective of the locations for his ger, and the choice of the locations raises questions about cultural distinctness and compatibility of culturally different identity with the new environment, either a new landscape or cityscape. As part of the Mongolian exhibition at the Venice Biennale, in May 2015, Enkhbold presented a nomadic pavilion, wandering with his portable ger, which he has made specifically for Venice. The City of Venice was built by residents fleeing invasions by nomads, including Attila and the Huns in the 5th century. Centuries later, Ve­netian merchant Marco Polo (1254–1324) traveled to the Mongol Empire, where he spent 16 years at the Mongol Khan’s court. Enkhbold’s performance art was built upon the historical legacy of Venice’s relationship with nomads and Mongols. (Text by Curator Uranchimeg Tsultemin).
OTHER HOME - MONGOLIA PAVILION OPENING
Mongolia’s first appearance at La Biennale di Venezia is initiated and organized by the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA), chaired by Ms. Gantuya Badamgarav. Appointed as Commissioner by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of Mongolia, Gantuya assembled the Mongolia Pavilion organizing team, which includes curator Dr. Uranchimeg Tsultemin, international adviser David A. Ross, and production adviser Dr. Boldbaatar Chultemin. The Mongolia Pavilion is funded by leading Mongolian businesses and supported by Bat-Uul, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar City. The fundraising was aided by artist and musician Yoko Ono, winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Biennale. Inauguration of Mongolia Pavilion held on Thursday, May 7th at 5.00pm at European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora Second Floor, Cannaregio 3659, 30121 Venice, Italy. Exhibition dates are May 9 until November 22, 2015.  
OPENING DAYS: project team and guests invited
Over 40 Mongolians including political authorities, private sponsors, journalists, artists and others, came to Venice to attend the opening of Mongolia Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia. 
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Artists:
UNEN ENKH, ENKHBOLD TOGMIDSHIIREV

Curator:
URANCHIMEG TSULTEM

Commissioner:
GANTUYA BADAMGARAV

Scientific Committee:
DAVID A ROSS
BOLBAATAR CHULTEM

Main supporter:
BAT-UUL ERDENE, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar City

Main sponsor:
MON URAN LLC

Sponsors:
ALTAI CONSTRUCTION LLC, ECO CONSTRUCTION LLC, TURKISH AIRLINES, TUUSHIN GROUP, DELOITTE ONCH AUDIT LLC, MAX GROUP, OTGON HOLDING, XAC BANK, ART HOLDING, STEPPE LINК, MUNKHIIN USEG LLC, TERRAZZA LOUNGE, INTERCONSULTING GROUP, TUGULDUR FOUNDATION

Private sponsors:
OYUNGEREL JANCHIV, DULGUUN BATBOLD, HULAN HASHBAT, DELGERMAA SUREN, DAVID A ROSS, SEZIN SINANOGLU, ANJA PISKE, MICHAEL TIMM, THOMAS R TUTTLE, ARIUNAA TSERENPIL, BYAMBA SAKHYA, YONA BENYAMINI, DORJPAGMA BADAM

Official partner:
EMBASSY OF MONGOLIA IN ROME, ITALY

Media sponsors and partners:
ARTS COUNCIL OF MONGOLIA, MNBTV, UBS TV, BLOOMBERG, NEW MEDIA GROUP, GOVERNMENT NEWS, GEREGE, TOIM, GOODALI, EKH ORON TV, MONGOL NEWS LLC, NEWS AGENCY, MONGOL CONTENT LLC

Partner in Venice:
GLOBAL ART AFFAIRS FOUNDATION

Photos by:
Saruulbileg Ganbaatar
Dalkh-Ochir Yondon
Gantuya Badamgarav
Aldo Colleoni

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