This eight hour long documentary film is divided into 38 stations and depicts the daily life of the Darkhad and Sojon Urinjanghai nomads, as well as their ceremonies such as weddings, festivals and shamanistic practices.
Ottinger portrays particular characters, sometimes with their families, and documents gatherings, offerings, songs, dances, professions. The camera dwells on the different moments, mostly rendering the scene in real time and conveying a sense of being there. As we accompany the nomads preparing to move to their winter camp, or visit the children on their first day of school, we get familiar not only with the startling landscapes, but most importantly with the way of living of these nomadic peoples, their relationship to each other, to the animals, and to the land.
This screening is specially arranged to provide the opportunity for the audience to experience the work as a full film instead of the divided version installed in the exhibition space.
Presented on the occasion of Art Day Out x School Holidays at Gillman Barracks.
Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Jurtentür, Aufbau der Jurte am Bagchtara Gol, 1996. Context: Taiga, Mongolia. Courtesy the artist.
Initially a painter, Ulrike Ottinger (Germany) came to filmmaking in the early 1970s. She furthermore produced operas, several theatre plays, and radio dramas. Her films have received numerous awards and have been shown at the world’s most important film festivals, as well as appreciated in multiple retrospectives, including Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (2013), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000), and Cinémathèque française, Paris (1982). Her work has been featured in major international exhibitions such as Documenta (2017, 2002), Gwangju Biennale (2014), Berlin Biennale (2010, 2004), and Shanghai Biennale (2008). Recent solo shows include, among others, Johanna Breede Photokunst, Berlin (2015, 2013), Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2012), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2011), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2011), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004). Major monographies include Ulrike Ottinger: World Images (2013), Ulrike Ottinger (2012), Ulrike Ottinger: N.B.K. Ausstellungen Band 11 (2011), Floating Food (2011), and Image Archive (2005). In 2011, she was awarded the Hannah Höch Prize for her creative work, and in 2010 honoured with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.