Land Art Mongolia
The Eternal Blue Sky
Mongolia is one of the countries with low population density and preserved indigenous wildlife, which creates a direct reference to the first Land Art practices.

One of the prominent Land artists Richard Long came to Mongolia in 1996 to make his Nomadic Circle in the middle of the Gobi desert. The stone circle left can be thought to be an ancient ritual circle or can remain unnoticed all as time passes by and the contrast lines become distorted.

The organizer of the biennale and our artist, Marc Schmitz, addressed the ecological issues and believes that this "requires a creative understanding of the common white-cube art spaces where art gets condensed by economic forces.

Each edition of the LAM 360 biennale is nomadic - it takes place in a different location, challenging the artist with various landscape conditions.

While the international artists are more interested in the discovery of the territory, its stories and people, in how to establish a connection with this land, local artists are more concerned about identity issues, something that became a priority for most of them after the end of the Soviet period.

The organizers of the biennale created an open-air exhibition space since often the artworks are left in their original locus. By using the land, artists claim territory, which is never just a clean slate in both a spatial and conceptual sense.

Blue Sky Horses (2014) by Zigor Barayazarra presented a group of eight horses colored in blue. According to nomadic belief, horses come from the sky. They are still considered to be the animals with the highest status among all livestock.

Source: Julia Lechbinska, After Land Art (2018).

In memory of
Marc Schmitz