ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL 9 BY THE QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY – GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Enkhbold Togmidshiirev’s Performances Make A Connection With His Surroundings
Mongolian artist Enkhbold Togmidshiirev is known for his large-scale, monochromatic canvases, as well as his Ger Project performances. Togmidshiirev staged an improvised roving performance in the outdoor spaces surrounding the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) opening weekend as part of his ongoing Ger Project.
Since 2008, Togmidshiirev has created a number of personalised structures derived from the form of the Mongolian ger, or yurt, with which he performs as a way of developing a connection with his surroundings. The ger, a large circular tent with a collapsible wooden infrastructure, is robust and portable, and highly suited to a nomadic lifestyle. Setting up a ger creates a temporary home that Togmidshiirev equates to a spiritual space. The performance commenced on the Kurilpa Bridge, with Enkhbold making his way across it before concluding the performance in the GOMA Forecourt.