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Daesung Lee



Futuristic Archaeology:
Desertification in Mongolia
South Korea   www.indiphoto.net

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 still living a nomadic life and therefore still depend on their vast, open land for survival. This lifestyle is becoming increasingly under threat however because of significant changes to the land. According to a survey made by the Mongolian government, around 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried out and 75 % of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification. The exhibition presented today by Daesung Lee is attempting to show us that the lives of these nomadic people, whilst currently a reality, will soon only exist as a display in a museum of history, due to the ongoing desertification of the Mongolian landscape. This is accomplished by printing images onto a billboard and placing them into actual areas of Mongolian landscape.

Born in Busan, South Korea, in 1975, Daesung Lee lives and works in Paris. After graduating in Photography from Seoul, he initially worked as a commercial photographer. His work analyses the impact of globalisation on humans and nature and, since 2010, he has been developing a conceptual approach to enables him to experiment with the photographic medium and transmit his view of the world. He has published in numerous media including the CNN, Le Monde, Geo Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and La Republica. He was one of winners in the Sony World Photography Awards in 2013 and 2015.


Exhibition Venue: Gardens of T Galleria and Angkor National Museum
Exhibition Dates: 3 – 15 December 2016