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In the middle of an eastern whirlwind

Also still sitting on my harddrive, were pictures of the show Nashunbatu had at the Pekin Fine Arts gallery in Caochangdi this last september. Nashunbatu is a painter who heralds from inner mongolia, something which can be seen in the landscapes he depicts. Mongolia, inner (part of China) as well as outer are being raided by now, due to the findings of many natural resources there. The story goes, that in the past ten years, the sleepy town of Ulaanbator has transformed into a swiftly expanding, polluted and frenzied backdrop to something one can only describe as russians and westerners going haywire in the wild, wild east.¬† Especially the so called ‘rare earth’ is hot right now, and the world is rushing to Mongolia to get it, as this investment newssite portrays.
Pictures of the mining going on in Chinese inner Mongolia as featured on the national geographic website show landscapes that are very like the sad, empty backdrops Nahunbatu paints. None of these paintings have titles. They just have dimensions.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 220 x 170 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 220 x 170 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 220 x 170 cm, 2010, detail

Untitled, oil on canvas, 220 x 170 cm, 2010, detail

Untitled, oil on canvas, 130 x 180 cm, 2011-2012

Untitled, oil on canvas, 130 x 180 cm, 2011-2012

Untitled, oil on canvas, 210 x 160 cm, 2011

Untitled, oil on canvas, 210 x 160 cm, 2011

Untitled, oil on canvas, 160x220 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 160×220 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 180 x 135 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 180 x 135 cm, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 220, 2009

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 220, 2009

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 220, 2009, detail.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 220, 2009, detail.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120, 2010

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120, 2010, detail.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 170 x 120, 2010, detail.

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