“Greed keeps men forever poor, even the abundance of
This world will not make them rich.”
– Mongolian proverb
On April 9, photographer Chiara Goia will open an exhibit at The Half King of her images from the fastest growing economy in the world—Mongolia. Chiara’s work looks at the cultural impact of Mongolia’s sudden economic growing pains and boons.
“Over the course of a generation, the Mongolia of pastoral nomads herding on grand steppes is moving into memory,” says Half King curator Anna Van Lenten. “Massive deposits of gold, copper, silver, and coal are luring foreign investment, raising prices, and despoiling the steppes. Chiara’s images capture the unease of a people whose cultural heritage hangs in the balance, as they adapt over the course of a single generation, to a market economy.”
The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional documentary photography. In tandem with its reading series, it fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, photo editor at Newsweek, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.
Chiara Goia was born and raised in Italy. Her clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Le Figaro, andVanity Fair. Among her recognitions are the Sony World Photography Award, the Canon prize for emerging photographers, and PDN‘s 30. Documenting Mongolia’s dizzying transformations is an ongoing project.