First Commissioner of Mongolia in Venice Biennale, Gantuya Badamgarav (Gana) holds an MA in economics from Williams College in the United States and has a background in business and international project management, and economic policy. Driven by her passion for art and music, Gana has visited many of museums, galleries and theaters in different countries and also served as a member of the Development Committee of the Arts Council of Mongolia. Following her passion, Gana decided to quit her successful career and established 976 Art Gallery in 2012. In two months after running the gallery, she realized that contemporary art in Mongolia needs emergent support for its existence and established Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association subsequently.
Given very limited resources and risk, Gana worked actively to support contemporary art; united organizations and people to channel their resources and passion. In only three years, her organization was able to collaborate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia, Culture Development Fund, Arts Council of Mongolia, US State Department, Artist Pension Trust, Embassy of Mongolia in Canberra, Embassy of the United States in Ulaanbaatar, Goethe Institute in Ulaanbaatar, Pinchuk Foundation, Ukraine, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of South Australia and others, implementing various artistic projects and helping Mongolian artists in participating international competitions and grant programs. Over 30 local and foreign volunteers and 20 leading local and international media channels cooperated with MCASA.
To increase international visibility of Mongolian contemporary art, Gana had put forward ambitious goal to organize Mongolia Pavilion in La Biennale the Venezia. Appointed as Commissioner by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of Mongolia in 2014, Gana worked hard to organize Mongolia Pavilion for more than a year. In February 2015, with the help of Mr. S.Bat-Uul, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city, she was able to unite leading local businesses for the support.