Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An appeal for Mongolian artists

One of my arty friends, the very talented Belgian photographer and documentary film-maker Vanessa De Smet, moved from Beijing to Ulan Bataar at the start of this year to work on a project.  She's liking it so much, she looks set to stay for quite a while; and she has quickly become an enthusiastic booster for the contemporary art scene there.

Now, she's teamed up with two Mongolian artist friends, Dorjderem Davaa and Enkhjargal Ganbat, to launch an online appeal through the Kickstarter website - they're hoping to raise around US $9,000 to help fund completion of a couple of major projects and a tour of Europe.  Please follow this link for full details.  And please forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested in new Asian art (even Twitter is permissible in these circumstances!).

Check out the video below to see who these people are and what sort of work they're making.

Kickstarter appeals are limited to 30 days, so Van and her friends need to reach their minimum target in pledges before January 9th. I hope some passing visitors here may be able to help.

Congratulations to Vanessa and her Mongolian friends!!! They just squeaked home in their appeal, after hitting a dangerous lull in momentum around the middle of the month (one might question the wisdom of trying to do this over Christmas!): 100 backers pledging a total of $9,320.  I'll try to post updates on the art projects and the European tour later in the year.  Thanks to everyone who pledged some money, or just checked out the video and wished them well.


vanessa de smet said...

Thanks so much for this post Paul!! ;) Today Kickstarter made us 'Project of the day' - such an honor! Warm hugs from a cold Mongolia x Van

Froog said...

You're welcome, Van. It looks as though it's going well. Fingers crossed!