To the Origin brings a nomadic exhibition from the city to the countryside, using geolocation to mark points along the journey. Confronting ideas of distance, changing traditions, and evolving lifestyles, the project includes installation and performance techniques. The artists lived in a ger (similar to a yurt) alongside a rural herding family while documenting the daily lives of rural herders and capturing the physical gestures involved (e.g., milking cows, shoveling dung). They showed footage of city dwellers’ rituals and gestures to nomadic families via screenings inside a customized ger.
Upon return to the city, the artists held several performances and screenings inside the sculptural ger to showcase the documentation from the countryside and juxtapose it against life in the city. In the artist’s words, “If you can understand this performance, you can probably understand most things about nomadic life.”
Togmidshiirev Enkhbold, Mandukhai Bldn
To the Origin continues to expand as the artists gather and curate their documentation and integrate it with the digital media components of the project. They plan to incorporate the documentation into an online website that exposes the realities of nomadic herder families to an increasing population of city people, while archiving a fading way of Mongolian life.