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Bekhbaatar Enkhtur

Bekhbaatar Enkhtur

Mainly interested in creating sculptures and site-specific installations, Bekhbaatar Enkhtur manipulates easily hand-molded materials, namely clay or beeswax, alongside with engravings on aluminum, assembling an iconographic repertoire taken from the myths and traditions of Mongolia and the wider range of Central and East Asia. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Central Asian sculpting method, his sculptures often represent proud and fragile images of zoomorphic figures in a delicate tension towards the ephemeral, crafted from mediums prone to deterioration. By testing the matter and its limits, while evidencing the gesture of creation, his practice portrays themes of transience, transformation and rebirth, challenging conventional notions and promoting a deeper understanding for distinct manifestations of life. Highlighting the relations between human and other abstract living forms induced with an essence, while evoking visions of a past life, Enkhtur expresses the interconnectedness that unites all kinds of vital forces, reminding us of our shared permeability to temporal processes of mutation within a space of coexistence.

Bekhbaatar Enkhtur (b.1994, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) lives and works in Turin, Italy. Having studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, he has participated in artistic residencies such as KORA – Contemporary Arts Center (Castrignano De’ greci, Lecce, Italy), MAMbo – Museum of Contemporary Art of Bologna (Bologna, Italy) or Manifattura Tabacchi (Florence). His work has been susceptible to solo exhibitions at venues such as Galeria Pedro Cera (Lisbon, 2024), Matèria (Rome, 2023), KORA- Contemporary Arts Center (Italy, 2021), Localedue (Bologna, 2021) or Marktstudio (Bologna, Italy), and some of his selected recent group shows include La sostanza agitata (Palazzo Collicola, Italy, 2023), Chì ghe pù Nissun! (Fondazione Elpis, Italy, 2023) or Il rituale del serpente, Animali, simboli e trasformazioni (Ex Convento di San Francesco, Italy, 2021). He has been awarded the illy Present Future prize 2023. In 2024, his work will be subject to solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle KaDe, Amsterdam, and Fondazione Sandretto. Bekhbaatar Enkhtur is one of the artists shortlisted for the 2024 Future Generation Art Prize.

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