GANTUYA BADAMGARAV (GANA)
Founding Director of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association and 976 Art Gallery
The first Commissioner of Mongolia Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, Gana holds an MA in macro-economic policy from Williams College, MA, USA. Following her passion, she quitted her successful career and established 976 Art Gallery in 2012 and Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association.
Given very limited resources and risk, Gana worked actively to support contemporary art; united organizations and people to channel their resources and passion. To increase international visibility of Mongolian contemporary art, she had put forward ambitious goals. Gana initiated and organized the first and second Mongolia participations in 56th and 57th Venice Art Biennale and partnered with Documenta 14 and other important international exhibitions to involve Mongolian artists. In her home country she organized and curated over 50 exhibitions.
In 2016, she was invited to 8 World Summit for Arts and Culture in Malta and Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2018, to speak about her experience of supporting contemporary art during the time of budget deficit. She is one of the authors of Daybook, published by Documenta 14.