THE ONE by artist Baatarzorig
Graduate of the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, Baatarzorig brings attention to the preservation and loss of Mongolia’s cultural heritage in his artwork. He chooses his media and subject based on his concern that part of the country’s roots were cut off during the period of repression in the 1930s, when socialists purged Mongolian nobles and traditions alike. Baatarzorig collects wooden chest cutouts and metal decorations, heirlooms of countryside families, to use as the surfaces of his paintings. He doubly preserves Mongolia’s heritage by painting faces of aristocrats on these artifacts. He also invites his community to question the changes occurring around them by juxtaposing contemporary icons on pieces of Mongolian history. He is a member of the International Artist Pension Trust, a participant in notable residence programs and the recipient of a number of prizes in Mongolia. In 2013, he was nominated for the International Prudential Eye Award by Parallel Contemporary Art.