Subject: Reminder: Speaker Series - November 4th, 6:00 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
Stranger’s Identity Explored through Contemporary Art Practice: In-Between Mongolia and the UK

Speaker: Tsendpurev Tsegmid

6:00 PM, Tuesday - November 4th, 2014, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

         In the PhD research she explored the identities of ‘Stranger’ (Schutz, 1944), ‘Stranger-artist’ and ‘Stranger-Mongolian’ through adopting a semi-autobiographical approach in which she used a variety of practice-based research methodologies in order to produce original art projects and artworks. She used ‘experiential perspective’ (Stevens, 1996) as the main paradigm in inquiring the negotiation process of a necessary adjustment to a different culture, language and society in conjunction with the popular debate of ‘loosing and searching for identity’ (Trinh, 1988).

In particular, the research is concerned with the previously untouched subject of a modern Mongolian national identity, its artistic representation and re-identification in the UK, through practice-based contemporary art methodologies. Drawing on examples from the recent political history of Mongolia and mainstream media, combined with first-hand personal experiences of the realities of national, racial, cultural stereotyping, the research has contested the existing stereotype of Mongolness. Important to this has been the inclusion and intertwining of familial and personal narratives in defining ‘Stranger-Mongolian’ identity, and how these experiences have become continually manifested while undertaking four research trips back and forth to Mongolia. She probed the terms Nicolas Bourriaud’s terms ‘cultural nomad’ and ‘reification’ in relation to Non-Western artists’ practices.

The research employed various combinations of methodologies including photography, performances, documentations, installations, videos, interviews and personal narratives, one of which I termed as ‘auto-photo-performance’. The site-specific and spatial qualities of the research were the prepositions to all of the art projects and artworks produced.
About the Presenters

 Speaker: Tsendpurev Tsegmid is an independent artist, art lecturer & curator based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She studied in the U.K for nearly 9 years, earned her practice-based Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Contemporary Art Practice and Research. Upon her return to Mongolia in October 2012, she started lecturing MA and PhD students at the Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture. In 2013, she founded VANJIL arts centre, a small organization aims to support local artists and conduct arts research. Dr.Tsegmid specialises in contemporary art practice with a particular emphasis on practice-based research, photography and performance.

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