Through In/Is Land exhibition, Mongolian and Taiwanese artists speak about economic, social, political and environmental aspects of the land use, given huge differences between these two realms. Compared to densely populated Taiwan, which is located in tiny island surrounded with ocean, Mongolia possesses 53 times larger, landlocked territory with only 3 million populations, which is 7.7 times smaller than in Taiwan. Despite these differences and economic disparity, both countries seem share similar issues related with the usage of the land.
“Is/In Land” exhibition organized in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei from July 20 to September 23 showcased artworks of 11 artists from Mongolia and Taiwan, including: Enkhtaivan Ochirbat, Tuguldur Yondonjamts, Davaajargal Tsaschikher, Ganzug Sedbazar, Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, Munkhbolor Ganbold, Chu Hsiao Chi + Wong, Nixon, Li Cheng Liang, Li Ling Ling + Du Yi Fang, Lin Chen Wei Tree Tree Tree Person – Taroko Arts Residency Project. At the opening of the exhibition, Mongolian artists Ts.Davaajargal and S.Ganzug presented their interactive performance worshiping surrounding mountains the city of Taipei. The second edition of “Is/In Land” exhibition, opening now at Art Space 976, Ulaanbaatar showcases works of D.Bayartsetseg and L.Munguntsetseg and Chu Hsiao Chi, Kao Ya Ting, Li Cheng Liang, Li Yi Fan, Lin Chen Wei, Lin Guan Ming and Tree Tree Tree Person-Taroko Arts Residency Project. All participating artists speak about economic, spiritual and ethical associations related with the land.
The project intends to allow young artists to communicate with each other. In addition to discussions regarding the exhibition and professional aspect, we also encourage artists to experience the landscape and culture that they have never seen before. Two Mongolian artists were set off to Taroko for residency around the time of the exhibition opening in Taipei, and the Taiwanese artists also headed off on their research trip to the highland area around the time of the Ulaanbaatar exhibition. The project may be the first exchange of contemporary art between Taiwan and Mongolia. However, we hope to inspire everyone to think of Asia from a brand new perspective.