The exhibition, Echo, Ici examines the work of Odonchimeg Davaadorj via the concept of an echo. In both Greek mythology and modern scientific phenomena, an echo is associated with the notion of mimicry: a singular noise repeated again and again as sound waves travel from their origin point, through their surrounding physical circumstances and back to the listener. However, an echo’s mimicry is distinct from the mimicry of mimesis or the re-presentation of nature as it really is. Rather, by its own behavior, an echo is not a faithful reiteration of the original, but only – if at all – a fragment of its source. It is a distortion, altered by its proximate topography, an abridged form that is inevitably weakened as it travels away from its origin point.
Whilst both an echo and mimesis are acts of recreation, an echo’s mutated quality carries with it a mystical effect. In early civilizations, echoes were perceived as other worldly, supernatural phenomena and prompted hearers to consider the possibilities that might exist beyond the physical. A critical part of the phenomenon of an echo is its effect on the observer: vibration, resonance, even wonder and disorientation.
Echo, Ici: Odonchimeg Davaadorj is part of re.flect, a program series that spotlights one of the gallery’s artists each month. Each show will offer in-depth access to the respective processes and practices of our global artistic community.
On May 12, 2021 the gallery will present In Conversation: Contemporary Art Curator Christine Starkman x Artist Odonchimeg Davaadorj
You are invited to join them for in-depth discussion about the work of Odonchimeg Davaadorj (Mongolia/France) with Contemporary Art Curator Christine Starkman and re.riddle principal Candace Huey. Please register here.