Ger Community Mapping Center is presenting “Tale of Two Cities”, a two-week exhibition with workshops at Nogoon Nuur Park in Chingeltei District. An opening reception for the exhibition is taking place on April 1, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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“Children playing in the Dari Ekh neighborhood at dusk” by Billy Macrae

The exhibition is the result of Ger Community Mapping Center’s collaboration with local and international artists to showcase and unveil the hidden gems of living in Ulaanbaatar. The setting for the exhibition, Nogoon Nuur Park, is one of those gems. The park is a former stone quarry and dumpsite that has been full rehabilitated to become a safe and clean green space for public use.

The contributing artists were asked to create work that reflected on two key questions: what does the future hold for the residents of Ulaanbaatar, and can we unite the residents of the city to solve problems together? The exhibition is one of a kind and will include maps, photography, illustration and felt-based art by Mongolian felt master Baasansuren Alyeksandr, U.S. cartoonist Marc Parenteau, and British photographer Billy Macrae.

“Tale of Two Cities” will engage people from all walks of life and hopes to bring communities together to find ways to creatively solve urban issues. Visitors will be treated to a dynamic three-dimensional and interactive exhibition, and a series of hands-on workshops on April 8 and 9 will give visitors a chance to explore and experience mapping, photography, illustration, and felt making.

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“Young man building his ger.” Dari Ekh District, Ulaanbaatar, 2015 by Billy Macrae

The exhibition will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from April 2 through 14, and is free and open to the public. A map to the park can be found on the event’s website, t2cities.com, with information about the exhibition available in Mongolian and English.

Ger Community Mapping Center’s guided ger district tour will be available during the exhibition, introducing visitors to some of the creative, commercial, and environmental initiatives taking place in the city’s ger districts. From April 2 through 14, the final stop on the tour will be Nogoon Nuur Park.

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