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. Following her passion, Gana decided to quit her successful career and established the 976 Art Gallery and the Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association in 2012 with the aim to support and promote contemporary art in Mongolia.
Given very limited resources and high amounts of 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. With only 5 years of experience in the art sector, Gana was able to initiate and organize the first and second Mongolia pavilions in La Biennale di Venezia and partnered with 8th Asia Pacific Triennial and Documenta 14 to involve Mongolian artists. In Mongolia she organized and curated over 50 exhibitions. Through her initiatives and efforts, more than 40 Mongolian artists were able to receive small and large international grants. In 2016, she was invited to the 8th World Summit for Arts and Culture in Malta to speak about her experience of supporting contemporary art during a time of budget deficits and lack of support from the government. She is one of the authors of Daybook, published by Documenta 14.