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Marika Dee “Mongolia’s urban youth: between tradition and globalization”

© Marika Dee

© Marika Dee “Mongolias Urban Youth”

“It’s all going so fast” sighs Gerelkhuu, a 26 year old artist living in Ulaanbaatar. “We have to remember who we are and to be careful not to lose our soul.  If we don’t know who we are, we don’t know where we’ll go.”  As Mongolia is changing at a frantic pace and finding itself at the forefront of globalization, its young urban generation is trying to keep up and figure out its identity. Over the last few years Mongolia, a landlocked country sandwiched between Russia and China, has experienced an unprecedented economic growth, driven by the massive development of mineral mining.  With half of Mongolia’s 2.8 million living in the country’s capital and largest city Ulaanbaatar and more than half of the national population under the age of 30, the country has a young and increasingly urban population. Almost 25 years after the democratic revolution that ended the communist era when Mongolia was a satellite state of the Soviet Union, a whole country is changing and its young urban generation is searching for an identity, trying to negotiate the difficult balance between the forces of globalization and the preservation of tradition.

An opening ceremony for the exhibition entitled “Mongolia’s urban youth: between tradition and globalization” by Marika Dee will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 4 September at POST Gallery, Laisve av. 51, Kaunas

Opening Hours:

4 September – 20 September

II – V 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

VI 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Marika Dee “Jungle life”

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Calais, February 2014 A camp called the “Sudanese jungle” is located next to a motorway in Calais. Without running water or electricity, living conditions are extremely difficult for the mainly Sudanese migrants living here.

At the northern edge of France, in and around the port city of Calais lie several encampments, locally known as “jungles”, that provide a temporary shelter for migrants flocking here in the hope of crossing the English Channel. Since the beginning of 2014 when there were about 600 migrants, the number has more than tripled, with a spike of 3000 migrants towards the end of 2014. The migrants are Afghan, Eritrean, Sudanese and Syrian among others. In Calais they are only an hour-and-a-half ferry ride away from their final destination: the UK. For the migrants, it’s the last stage of a long and often very perilous journey. Some have been wandering around Europe for years, others have arrived more recently from their war-torn or poverty stricken countries. Reinforced border controls make the crossing increasingly difficult and although every day a steady trickle of migrants makes it across, many are stuck in the camps for months. They live in squalor, in makeshift tents, cabins and muddy camps, often without access to running water or electricity.  The photo series documents some of these camps and shelters.

Despite the wretched living conditions, police abuse, failed attempts and fatalities, people keep arriving and making a desperate bid for a new life; waiting and hoping to find a way to cross the Channel. Some succeed but many more are stranded in this corner of France, stuck in limbo.

Marika Dee (b.1970, Belgium) is a documentary photographer based in Brussels. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Leuven in Belgium. After years of working as a jurist specialized in international law, Marika started working as a freelance documentary photographer. Since then she has photographed in among others Lebanon, Kosovo, Turkey, Mongolia, Italy and France. Currently she is working on a project in Northern Ireland. Her work has been published in various international newspapers and magazines. She has received recognition from UNICEF POY and International Photography Awards.

An opening ceremony for the exhibition entitled “Jungle life” by Marika Dee will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 3 September at J. Vienožinskis Faculty of arts of Kaunas College  (A. Mackevičius str. 27.).

Opening Hours:

3 September – 16 October

I – VII 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.