Yondonjamts’s practice focuses on works on paper mainly. He tackles issues surrounding the changes affecting Mongolia’s society and economic development. The nomadic culture and its symbiotic relation to nature is disappearing as the mining of natural ressources (gold, coal) are being exploited without effective control. The artist is currently developing a body of drawings that critiques the exportation of falcons in Mongola to Saudi Arabia (currently 240 per year). Taking an ironic perspective, his work questions how these factors are played out in the physical and psychological space between tamed and untamed worlds.
Tuguldur Yondonjamts was born in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) in 1977. He completed a BA (Hons) in Thanka Painting (traditional Mongolian Painting) from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, in the class of Professor Narmandakh Tsultem in 1997. In 2004, he graduated Fine Art from the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK), Germany, in the class of Professor Lothar Baumgarten.
His work is research and information based. He uses investigational logic to create large scale drawings that diagram imaginary journeys. These explorations deal with issues such as the origin of materials or resources, relocation and collision of crossing different timeline, myth and travel. Tuguldur’s work questions how these factors are played out in physical and psychological space, and between tamed and untamed worlds.
His background is a traditional Mongolian Painting (Thanka) which calls upon rigorous skills and passion to go through the time consuming meditative process of creating. After he studied in Mongolia, he advanced his education in Berlin and in New York to incorporate conceptual western art practices in his work.
He is the recipient of various awards including Djerassi Resident Artist Award 2012 (CA, USA),a grant from Karin-Abt-Straubinger Foundation 2009 & 2011(Stuttgart, Germany) and the ART OMI International Artists Residency 2010 (Ghent, USA). In 2010, he was a visiting artist in the residence program at the Cité International des Arts in Paris (France).
Tuguldur Yondonjamts currently lives and works in New York, NY.
|2014||DRAW-Mapping Madness||Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China||Group|
|2014||Hunters to Skull Island||Pony Project Gallery, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2014||SOMEWHERES & NOWHERES||IPCNY (International Print Center New York), New York, NY||Group|
|2014||Untitled||MUU, Museum of Street Art (Muzej ulične umjetnosti), Zagreb, Croatia||Group|
|2014||Port of Call||LASALLE College of the Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), Singapore||Group|
|2014||MFA Thesis exhibition||Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2014||UNITED AGAINST SPECULATION,||organized by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY||Group|
|2013||Eccentric Exercise International Contemporary Drawing||Les Gens Heureux, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2013||Amalgamated- Mongolian Contemporary Art||Gallery MC, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||And after a pause it continued||Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Magical Thinking||Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2013||Glow show||Storefront video screening, Catskill, NY||Group|
|2012||2nd Land Art Biennial Mongolia 360°||Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia||Group|
|2012||RAPID,TRANSIT||Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, UB, Mongolia||Group|
|2012||Magic stories||KunstvereinGRAZ e.V. Regensburg, Germany||Group|
|2011||Drawings||Werkraum Godula Buchholz, Denklingen, Germany||Group|
|2011||Walter Koschatzky Artistic Prize 2011 Exhibition of the nominated works,||MuMok-Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2010||Open Studio||Omi International Art Center, Ghent, USA||Group|
|2010||Im Haus||Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2010||4th edition of Arte Laguna Prize 2009||Tese di San Cristoforo Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, Italy||Group|
|2009||Drawings||Werkraum Godula Buchholz , Denklingen, Germany||Group|
|2009||Walter Koschatzky Artistic Prize 2011 Exhibition of the nominated works||MuMok-Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2009||Was uns antreibt||Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2008||Good Work||Trippen showroom, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2008||Medium Drawing||Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2008||Cologne Art Fair 21||Cologne, Germany||Group|
|2008||Anonymous Drawings,||Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2007||Contemporary Art Ruhr KunstQudrate07||Zollverein, Essen, Germany||Group|
|2007||International Exibition Nord Art 2007||Rendsburg, Germany||Group|
|2007||Große Kunstausstellung 2007||Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2003||Iim er huu That male boy (translated from Mongolian)||Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia||Group|
|2000||Holz-Legno-Xylo||The University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin, Germany||Group|
|1997||Thesis exhibition||Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia||Group|
|1995||Tugsultiin yzegselen||Union of Mongolian Artists Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia||Group|