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Lost in Tngri

The Mongolian Pavilion

“”Lost in Tngri” (“Lost in Heaven”) is an exhibition by five Mongolian artists: Ch.Chimeddorj, O.Enkhtaivan, J.Bolortuvshin, G.Munkhboldor, Ts.Davaajargal. It is about the frailty of human nature and its effect upon society and the environment.” Curator Yo.Dalkh-Ochir, speaking about the work, states: “Across Asia the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. The birds arrive in Mongolia for the summer and suddenly disappear, returning to Africa for the winter. They are resourceful in what they eat, changing their diet according to what’s available. Chimeddorj’s I’m Bird introduces more complex associations, by combining their form and silhouete with that of a gun. The idea came to mind when the artist saw “a teeming crowd of young Mongolians in front of the Korean Embassy in Ulaanbaatar; they were standing in line to get visas to work in Korea.” This work with its ranks of birds, a sub group of reptiles and the last living examples of dinosaurs, mixes unsettling associations of history, strife, exodus and foreboding. Chimeddorj is questioning where modern goals lead us and to what extend the restless quest for new worlds destroys the old ones.”


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