Gobi Heaven- Int’l Art Show : What the Artists Say

Gobi Heaven festival August 2019

The first of the Gobi Heaven festivals was held in Bayan Nur, Inner Mongolia August 6-11 2019. This is the first of five annual festivals .

The International artist camp, curated by Suzanne Matz included various happenings alongside the exhibition hall. Apart from the indoor exhibition there were  out door art installations, impromptu art performances, music,  belly dancing, bilingual poetry happenings, rap workshop,  environmental  workshops, meditation  and visualization workshops.  I presented a workshop on Image and Memory in Space – Memory Palace workshop ….more on that in the next post.  

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Weeks 31 and 32 showing this week at Gobi Heaven Festival

This week I am posting portraits for these two weeks together . The will be showing at the International Art exhibition venue at the mega art festival ‘Gobi Heaven ‘ at Bayan Nur, Inner Mongolia August 7th – August 11th

Woodblock Coinneseur CC acrylic on canvas 100x100cm Niamh Cunningham /瑞莲 2019
Friend to Many CC 100x100cm acrylic on canvas , Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲 2019
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1919 exhibition based on WB Yeats Poem currently showing in Sligo, Ireland

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

I first saw these unusual black metal disc grave markers (Austro-Hungarian army) on a visit to Terezin in the Czech Republic many years ago. The area was witness to different strife and horror over time. This cyclical horror which Yeats refers to reminds me of this place. The reticulation from the different printing I use on this work I think also reflects traces from the past being relived .

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Week 30 Emerge

Emerge Duan Ni 80 x 120cm oil on canvas Niamh Cunningham 瑞莲2013

A portrait will be posted every week (usually Sunday afternoon) on this website home page throughout the year of 2019. Some are of young Chinese learners whom I used to teach in my early years in China, some are of family and friends, others are of artists and curators with whom I have worked over the years here in China. In the above work , the early years in China , I became fascinated with Chinese contemporary dance , the dance was a duo performance with Tao of the Tao dance company . This is an older work . I do not personally know Duan Ni , but would like to someday.

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