gobi desert: nomadism concept of space and time

Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first part consists in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as a research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of diverse viewpoints and processes.
The second part is formed of an artistic production indicating the insights, experience and research result Ballestra made during the journeys.
In the third part is invited a researcher to contribute with a written text regarding the geopolitical or anthropological contexts of the corresponding desert.


the journey: gobi desert

The Gobi Desert is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and the Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. The Gobi is notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road. The Gobi is a rain shadow desert, formed by the Tibetan Plateau blocking precipitation from the Indian Ocean reaching the Gobi territory.

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local support: Mongolian Contemporary Art Association



Mongolian Contemporary Art Association – MCASA is a non-governmental organization established with the aim to support and promote contemporary art in Mongolia. It implements strategically important projects to improve competitive capacity of Mongolian artists at domestic and international platforms and works to improve public education in art. MCASA raises public awareness on social, economic and environmental issues through art, the most powerful, yet peaceful tool for the expression. It encourages creativity of contemporary artists and engages the audience with provocative and interdisciplinary art exhibitions.

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