a-n: Venice Biennale 2019: From Iceland to Singapore, Our Pick of the National Pavilions

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Mongolia
One of the more unusual pavilions at Venice is accessed via a tiny alleyway round the corner from the Wales presentation and close to the Arsenale entrance. Mongolia’s pavilion is located in an old Venetian house and features the sculptural installations and sound work of LA-based artist Jantsankhorol Erdenebayar, who has collaborated with Carsten Nicolai, aka Alva Noto, a German artist and electronic musician.

Taking inspiration from the centuries-old practice of Mongolian throat singing, ‘A Temporality’ features audio in addition to sculptural work spread across numerous rooms. These include a large black sculpture reminiscent of a fallen meteorite, and a room full of black tubes suspended from the ceiling.

Having such large pieces crammed into tiny rooms could create a claustrophobic feeling, but the audio track of throat singers adds a panoramic scale to the work that takes the experience some place else. The show creates a dialogue between the past and present, with Erdenebayar inviting viewers to reminisce.

In addition, the exhibition will feature sporadic live performances of throat singing throughout its run.

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