Book Launch with Ester Kokmeijer
Date: May 23-24, 2015
Location: I: project space
Landscape snack talk and book presentation of artist Ester Kokmeijer´s project Sheep.
Ester talked about her travelogue with the Sheep as part of the Land Art Biennale Mongolia (LAM 2014). A documentation of her journey and a Mongolian landscape inspired food installation will be integrated as part of the conversation about her art-work.
A journey from Inner Mongolia (China) to Mongolia with as companion a sheep
Once, a few years ago, I promised a friend from Mongolia to bring him a sheep. In a way it was more a nice way of sharing the connection we have with sheep.
In my childhood I was taking care of sheep and my friend from Mongolia still has sheep. We didn’t speak the same language, but we somehow understood the language of sheep.
Which started as a joke became reality when I was invited by the Land Art Mongolia Biennial (LAM 2014), with this year as topic the interaction between animal and human. I bought a sheep in Inner Mongolia, which made it next to a social a political approach, gave him the necessary health checks, prepared an animal passport, a trolly and carefully planned the travel route. The intention for this journey is not only to arrive, but also to experience and document the special bound between human and animal on moments where they really have to rely on each other. Two weeks we travelled together, by foot, car, bus and train. I succeeded, together with Sheep, to cross the Chinese-Mongolian border, a three hour process with 4 border checkpoints. Just in time I arrived with the smoggled sheep in Ulaanbaatar for the opening of the LAM 2014 at the Union of Mongolian Artists.
Sheep found a good home somewhere east of Ulaanbaatar within a beautiful hilly landscape next to the Tuul River. His new family promised to give him many offspring. In May 2015 I will go back to Mongolia to visit him and his new family and somehow I wish that he will still remember me.
about the publication/book
Book about a journey from Inner Mongolia (China) to Mongolia with a sheep as travel companion. The photos and texts tell a personal travelogue with universal consequences. The journey/project is made after invitation by the Land Art Biennial Mongolia (LAM 2014). The text, which has political and social hidden messages, is written in the form of a children's book for the daughter of a friend. The publication is accompanied with an essay by Vera Tollmann, curator of the Land Art Biennial Mongolia 2014.
Concept, photography, text and design: Esther Kokmeijer
88 pages, 17 x 17 x 1,5cm, Hardcover
Accompanied with a text by Vera Tollmann, curator of the Land Art Biennial Mongolia.
Language: English, with Chinese and Mongolian translation.