26. August 2023 - 01. November 2023
contemporary photographs

In einer gelb gekachelten Unterführung ist das große Schwarzweißbild einer nach rechts schauende, schreiende Frau zu sehen.
©Agnuush: „Blurred Lines“ in an underpass in Ulaanbaatar
We don’t know nearly enough about Mongolia around these parts, at least most of us don’t. The young democracy is rich in resources and wedged in between Russia and China. Mongolia is approximately four times the size of Germany, but with just three million people, it is the least populated country on earth.

While almost half of the Mongolians live in the capital Ulaanbaatar, many are nomads, roaming through the endless grasslands.






Mönch sitzt vor Coca-Cola-Kühlschrank und isst Fastfood
©Taij Taichar: Monk in Gandan

Stadthaus Ulm has invited contemporary photographers from Mongolia to give us a current view of their rapidly changing country. They will not only show us the still important horse races in their modern form or Buddhism, which is regaining strength after the brutal Soviet purge. They also look at coal mining, increasing desertification of grasslands, and urban youth. While traditional ways of life are threatened by climate change and environmental problems, urban life is characterized by societal change.

Vater mit Kind auf dem Schoß, sw-Foto
©Nathalie Daoust: Man and Child, Coal Print on Ger Material

Nathalie Daoust, a Canadian photographer living in Berlin, explored the photography scene in Mongolia, which is largely unknown to us, and introduced it to the Stadthaus. The Stadthaus now wants to share the fascination for Mongolia and its photographers.

Participating artists: Agnuush, Nathalie Daoust, Munkh-gerel Purevkhuu, Bat-Orgil Battulga, Davaanyam Delgerjargal, Esunge Erdenebat, Erkhbayar Tsengel, Injinaash Bor, Taij Taichar 

Curator: Dr. Katharina Menzel-Ahr

Opening: Friday, 25 August 2023, 7 p.m.