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Nov, 2014

TUGULDUR YONDONJAMTS – Hunter to Skull Island – Pony Project Gallery, Berlin

Saturday 22.11.2014
19:00 – 22:00

Pony Project Gallery
Kurfürstenstraße 37
Berlin 10785

Tuguldur Yondonjamts is one of the most interesting young artist from Mongolia. He completed a BA in Thanka Painting from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, in 1997. In 2004, he graduated Fine Art from the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK), Germany. And recently in 2014 he obtained MFA degree in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York. Yondonjamts’s works have been exhibited in Mongolia, Europe and United States. He lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Yondonjamts works are combining Thanka painting, which calls upon rigorous skills and passion to go through the time consuming meditative process of creating and the digital technics like movies or video animations. At the exhibition in Pony Project Gallery Yondonjamts shows works, which represent his interest in archeology, collective memory, and the relation between eastern and western culture. As the result, his drawings combine the aesthetics of traditional technics with the western pop culture icons like King Kong, T.Rex, Mickey Mouse just to mention few of them. All the works by Yondonjamts have certain inner logic and structure. He always balances in the narration of his stories between fiction and reality, which is the core of his artistic practice.

The body of work presented in Pony Project Gallery is research and information based. He uses investigational logic to create drawings that diagram imaginary journeys. These explorations

deal with the topics connected to history, mythology and personal memory. While creating his immersive works he is interested in the issues such as relocation and collision of crossing different timelines.


In the first King Kong movie from 1933 the group of researchers are looking for a mythological Skull Island – a place where King Kong as well as other mainly prehistoric species like T. Rex were suppose to live. The origins of this fictional island are still unknown, but it was associated with a place where primitive tribe was trying to satisfy the needs of this eponymous giant godlike gorilla.

Fascinated by the story of King Kong and T.Rex living on the same island Tuguldur Yondonjamts created a costume in collaboration with Batmunkh Bataa (the designer) which links those two into one creature. While wearing it in one his vides prepared for the exhibition in Pony Project Gallery he creates a humoristic, surrealistic image balancing between reality and fiction commenting both on the world history and the current politics in Middle East Asia.


Tuguldur Yondonjamts


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