Brooklyn-Mongolia Mashup : Faile Sprays with Locals in Ulaanbaatar

BSA Exclusive Photos of Faile Stenciling in Mongolia and “The Wolf Within”

By way of cultural exchange, the Brooklyn street art/fine art collective known as Faile have just collaborated with artists in Mongolia to create new street works and a huge public sculpture for one of it’s largest parks.

Faile. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

Invited by the Tiger Translate Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Faile provided the framework of a custom stencil of a girl and a skateboard while 8 local artists completed them on the walls of an arched passageway in the university district. Artists had been chosen by the National Arts Council and some other local artists are part of ROAAD crew, Mongolia’s first street art crew. Below are exclusive images of those pieces as well as some of Faile taking field trips to put up some other stencils around the city.

Faile. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

A separate collaborative project culminated in the creation of a 5 meter high public sculpture called “Wolf Within”. Originally conceived as an illustration by Faile during the worldwide financial crash/crises of ’08, the image symbolized the unsustainability of the ever-growing bull market. Now in 2012 as Mongolia is said to be the part of the worlds fasted growing economy, the uneasy alliance between it’s past and future with a male figure cloaked in a wolf pelt and two-piece suit crying out in anguish or exhasperation.

Faile and a local artist adding pattern to girl’s dress. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

Working with a local sculptor and craftsman named Batmunkh over a period of months, Faile was able to realize their drawing as sculpture and last week the fiberglass “Wolf Within” was unveiled as a permanent installation at the National Garden Park, a new 1,650 acre project in the heart of Ulaanbaatar.  With the stencil and sculpture projects completed, Faile and Tiger Translate are hoping to encourage and give exposure to some of the best emerging creative talents across Asia.

Faile. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

While the Street Art practice of cutting and spraying stencils is still kind of new to Mongolia, the history and culture of creativity of the country is very rich. To us it’s yet another example of the global fascination with Street Art culture that continues to take root and expand, with the rapid dissemination of ideas and a personal connection to art-making in the public sphere. Cross-cultural creative collaborations like these enliven young minds and all participants feel a strengthened connection to each other. “Everyone leaves changed from it,” says Faile of their experience with Tiger Translate and the artists

Both Faile and Tiger Translate acknowledge the help and contributions of all the artists and the Mongolian Arts Council.

Faile. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

Faile, Batmunkh, and the “Wolf Within” installed the new National Garden Park being built in   Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

The original Faile stencil that inspired the above sculpture.  Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

Faile putting up the stencil shown on the previous image, with photographer in tow.  Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

A Faile piece that also appeared on the streets of Brooklyn, here seen in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

A small cluster of fans and helpers accompanies Faile in this Brooklyn cultural exchange in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2012. (photo courtesy © Tiger Translate)

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