“Lost in Tngri” (Lost in Heaven) brings together 5 artists who explore the urgencies of Mongolian contemporary society. The country is at a crossroads between its identity as a nomadic nation with an important history of Shamanism and Buddhism, and a new economic reality of globalization where the use of natural resources threatens its very existence.
Traditions of herding across vast and beautiful terrains with a life connected to nature, ancestry and the spiritual world is seen as heaven by many. A door to another type of heaven is the creation of wealth that exploits the same land for mining, construction, goat breeding for cashmere and trading. But is the country disappearing between these two biospheres? Through film, installation, sculpture and sound, the artists from across generations, question Mongolia’s future. The exhibition alludes to human nature and its effect upon society and the environment. While the context is uniquely Mongolian, the impacts are global and universal.
- Mongolian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017