Text by Marc Schmitz, Director of LAM
Land Art Mongolia / LAM 360° focuses on Land Art as one possible form of spatial and outdoor visualization of the relations between nature, culture, and social practices. It promotes freedom of expression in joining people and institutions from all sectors of Mongolian society by meshing their respective backgrounds and perspectives through collaborations of local, regional and international scope. By doing so LAM 360° would like to incite an advanced discourse on cultural and social policy which will take up aspects of environmental and social sustainability. A strong emphasis on the most vulnerable sectors of society in Mongolia will be put in a broader perspective of cultural change in Central Asia.
The third edition of Land Art Mongolia / LAM 360°, taking place in August 2014 in the Orkhon Valley nature reserve, will be guided by the theme ‘men & animals’. Sensitive topics such as overgrazing, desertification, poaching and illegal wildlife trade, decentralization and general questions on animal husbandry from the perspective of different species are motivating this discussion.
About 40% of the Mongolian population lives out in the steppe in nomadic groups or little villages (sum). This people living with and from the nature in a dense and sensitive ecological balance, represents the most vulnerable sector of the society. To enhance and protect nomad livelihoods and ensure the conservation of nature and the means of life for future generations, respectful understanding must be the starting point. The animal per capita indicator in Mongolia is one of the highest worldwide. The most important aspects of participation in Law making process for the nomadic people are the conditions that affect the animal husbandry. Thus Land Art Mongolia / LAM 360° seeks to enhance the awareness for these concerns while presenting a platform for cultural reflection and participation. For example, illegal wildlife trade and export to China is a major problem of animal protection in Mongolia.
It is one of the goals of the biennial to relate this very special and specific geographical environment to the level of art. This comprises to sustain and stress out the diverse cultural approaches as well as strengthen the appreciation of cultural diversity and facilitate nomadic life within the Mongolian society.
During the residency (August 04-16th 2014) invited artists will be hosted in traditional yurts and have the opportunity to realize their artistic projects. Artists are expected to interact with the environment of the nature reserve.
Everybody is free to choose their materials and artistic expressions (installation, performance, earth art, concept, etc.)
Finally, a documentation of the realized works will be presented in the National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery in Ulaanbaatar. The exhibition will be guided by a publication and a one-day symposium in the Academy of Science.
Interested artists are asked to submit applications via email to:
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