Photo Project «Futuristic Archeology», 2013-2014

Artist – Daesung Lee (South Korea)

LOCATION – City Garden on Deribasivska street, Rotonda

OPENING  – 16 of April 2016 at 15:00

Description of the project

Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. Even with changes brought about by urbanisation in recent years, 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and thus still depend on their vast, open land for survival.

This is increasingly difficult because their traditional way of life is now being threatened due to serious changes in the land. According to a survey made by the Mongolian government, around 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried out. This loss of water is contributing to the desertification of Mongolia, as 25% of its land has turned into the desert in the past 30 years. Potentially 75 % of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification. These environmental changes directly threaten the Mongolian nomadic way of life, which has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.

This project attempts at recreating the museum diorama with actual people and their livestock in a real place where desertified in Mongolia. It is based on an imagination that these people try to go into museum diorama for survival in the future. This is accomplished with the printed images on a billboard placed in conjunction with the actual landscape horizon.

«By doing this, I hope to accomplish a sense that the lives of these nomadic people occur between this reality and a virtual space of a museum. Mongolian traditional nomadic lifestyle might only exist in a museum in the future», – as the author says.

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About artist:

Daesung Lee (1975, Busan, South Korea)

Education –  02 B.F.A , Photography Department, Art College of Chung-Ang University, Korea



  • Organ Vida international photo festival – finalist.
  • Cortona international photo festival award 2015 winner.
  • Athens photo festival – finalist.
  • Sony World Photography Awards 2015- 2nd prize, Conceptual category, Professional competition.
  • Lens Culture Portrait Awards 2015 – winner.
  • The Choice Awards, Santa Fe photo festival, U.S  – 2nd place.
  • Barcelona international photography awards 2015 winner.


  • LensCulture visual storytelling award 2014- open category winner.
  • Organ Vida international photo festival 2014- finalist.
  • Environmental photographer of the year 2014- finalist.


  • Sony World Photography Awards 2013 – 3rd prize, Contemporary Issues Category, Professional Competition.

Exhibition solo:

2015.04 «On The Shore Of A Vanishing Island», Catherine Edelman gallery, Chicago, U.S

2014.05 «On The Shore Of A Vanishing Island», Amy-d Arte Spazio, Milan, Italy

2007.10 «Another Portraits» Gallery «Boda». Seoul, Korea


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