26. August 2023 - 01. November 2023
Mongolia. Contemporary photography
Opening and artist talk: Friday, August 25th, 7 pm

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.

Man and Child, Coal Print on Ger Material © Nathalie Daoust
Man and Child, Coal Print on Ger Material © Nathalie Daoust

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.

Opening remarks: Dr. Birvaa Mandakhbileg, Ambassador of Mongolia to Germany
Martin Bendel, Deputy Mayor of Ulm

Artist's talk: Bat-Orgil Battulga, participating artist, and Katharina Menzel-Ahr, curator.

The Opening will be streamed on Stadthaus Ulm - Youtube

Accompanying programme

Davaanyam Delgerjargal: Horseracing

Mongolia, land of longing
The country’s economic development and relationship with Germany

Talk by Tobias Schauf
Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 7 pm

Free admission, please register here

Tobias Schauf is a noted expert on Mongolia with comprehensive knowledge about this special country.

In his talk at the Stadthaus, Tobias Schauf will cover Mongolia’s development in terms of politics, economy and society before and after the collapse of communism. He will shed light on the economic evolution of the past few years and the economic and political relations with Germany and the EU (the partnership in sourcing of raw materials, judicial reforms, development cooperation and more). He will also talk about the overwhelming beauty and hospitality from his own experience. After the talk, Tobias Schauf will take questions from the audience.

On behalf of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ; the German Society for International Cooperation), the certified economist served as a consultant in international management and international economic relations with a focus on Mongolia, Central Asia, China, India and Eastern Europe, training companies in Mongolia, accompanying delegations to and from Mongolia and organizing a logistics and a foreign trade fair.

Tobias Schaf's talk is supported by


Logo IHK Ulm

Guided tour in German language (with Angelika Held):

Sunday, 28 August, 11.30 am
Thursday, September 7th, 5 pm
Thursday, September 14th, 5 pm
Wednesday, 11 October, 5.30 pm

€ 3,50, € 1,50 (children), € 0,50 (for every additional child)
Please register here or give us a call 0731 161 7700
Free admission for artcard holders

Thanks to Ganbold Zundui and Logo nomad e.V.   for the support!