Born 1978 Övörkhangai Province, Mongolia
Lives and works in
Enkhbold Togmidshiirev is known for his large-scale, monochromatic canvases and his improvised performances with portable variations on the design of the traditional Mongolian ger or yurt. This dwelling creates a temporary home and spiritual space in which the artist can go about his activities, performing a role that is both familiar and critically self-orientalising. His performances have taken place on frozen steppes, in the desert, at the edge of the sea, by the side of a highway and in the streets and squares of European cities, in visual harmony with their surroundings at times, in apparent contrast at others. His restrained colour-field paintings are executed in materials derived from Mongolian nomadic culture, including horse dung, felt, shrubs, ash, rust, sheep skin and tripe. These materials are typically sourced from the countryside, when the artist returns to his homeland, and provide him with a shifting palette whose materiality preserves a strong connection with Mongolian life.