Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar
In October 2019, London based photographer and director, Alex de Mora travelled to Mongolia on a self-funded trip to document the city of Ulaanbaatar and its undiscovered hip-hop scene. This unique cultural insight into the city, music, and the people of Ulaanbaatar has been brought to life with an exhibition, book and short film.
Mongolian hip-hop emerged in the mid 1990’s not long after the fall of Communism. As MTV and US Hip Hop made its way into Ulaanbaatar, its citizens shared mixtapes, and were inspired by acts such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan. “Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar” introduces us to Mongolian rappers young and old, as well as the people and the atmosphere of the city itself.
Alex met and shot local characters, up and coming rap artists, b-boys and record store owners to get under the skin of the Mongolian hip-hop scene.
A continuing thread of the project is Alex’s interactions with Big Gee, perhaps the most famous and outspoken rapper in the country. Known for his fierce national pride and anti-government, anti-mining stance, Alex spent considerable time with the man “more popular on social media than the president”. Following him around Ulaanbaatar, he saw where he grew up, as well as being taken to the countryside/steppe outside of the city, including the iconic (and enormous) Genghis Khan statue.
Private view: Thursday 2nd April 2020 open from 6.30pm
Show running daily until Sunday 5th April
Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer St, Hackney, London E2 8HDrsvp@dmbrepresents.com