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Friday, 21 October 2016 to Sunday, 26 February 2017
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Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the dates for 2016’s highly anticipated Artes Mundi 7 exhibition and prize. The exhibition will take place in Cardiff, at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter, from 21st October 2016 to 26th February 2017.  

The winner of Artes Mundi 7 will be announced on 25th January 2017, at an awards ceremony at National Museum Cardiff. The winning artist will receive a prize of £40,000, the UK’s largest monetary prize awarded to an artist. In 2015 the winner, Theaster Gates, chose to split the prize fund equally between the whole shortlist.

Artist Mundi 7 is the UK’s leading international contemporary art prize and an important arbiter of cultural exchange between the UK and the international community.   Bringing together a major biennial exhibition of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Artes Mundi 7 promises to be the foremost opportunity to see ground-breaking, international contemporary art in the UK. The shortlist of six artists has been selected from over 700 nominations submitted from 90 countries.

The shortlisted artists for Artes Mundi 7:

 

JOHN AKOMFRAH (UK)

NEÏL BELOUFA (FRANCE/ALGERIA)

AMY FRANCESCHINI / FUTUREFARMERS (USA/BELGIUM)

LAMIA JOREIGE (LEBANON)

NÁSTIO MOSQUITO (BELGIUM/ANGOLA)

BEDWYR WILLIAMS (UK/WALES)

 

 

This year’s shortlist was selected by Elise Atangana, an independent curator based in Paris and Cameroon; Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Marie Muracciole, Director of the Beirut Art Centre.

Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi’s Director and Curator, said Artes Mundi 7 brings together the work of six outstanding international artists. Through their work they examine important global issues such as migration, technology, ecological issues, capitalism and global politics. These artists question what it means to be human in our world and in our time. Whether their works explore the current situation in Angola, fictional future cities, the politics of food production or migration from Syria to Beirut; there is humour, surrealism and provocation. But what connects this diverse exhibition is relevance and urgency, as they comment on and question the spirit of our age.

Mackinnon is an international curator based in Wales who is inspired by contemporary art practice and social change, both within and outside the gallery space and across diverse communities. MacKinnon has worked in high profile galleries across Wales including Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In 2005 she was appointed as curator for the Welsh Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale.

 

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ABOUT THE SHORTLISTED ARTISTS

JOHN AKOMFRAH OBE (UK)
For 30 years, Ghanaian-born British director, writer and theorist John Akomfrah OBE has been highlighting the legacy of African diaspora in Europe by creating films that explore marginalised histories of European society. Akomfrah was a founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective and he is well-known for films including The Nine Muses (2010), Speak Like a Child (1998) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013). In 2008 Akomfrah was awarded an OBE for his services to the British film industry.

NEÏL BELOUFA (FRANCE/ALGERIA)
Award winning French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa’s uses video and multimedia to explore and parody social interaction through subjects as diverse as extra-terrestrials, nationalism and terrorism. Baloufa’s videos have been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Film Festival, Rotterdam, and the London Film Festival. He has won grand prizes at the 54th and 57th Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, the 2011 Audi Talent Award, and the 2013 Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art. He is currently nominated for the 2015 Prix Marcel Duchamp.

AMY FRANCESCHINI / FUTUREFARMERS (USA/BELGIUM)
Futurefarmers is a group of art and farming practitioners founded in 1995 by California-based artist Amy Franceschini. The collective work towards creating a diverse programme of public commissions, exhibitions and publications, which explore and challenge systems of public transportation, rural farming networks and food policies. The collective’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center. Francheschini was the recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2006 Eureka Fellowship.

LAMIA JOREIGE (LEBANON)
Lamia Joreige is a Lebanese artist and filmmaker who uses archival documents to reflect on the relationship between ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ memory. Her work explores the possibility of portraying the trauma of the Lebanese wars with emphasis on her home city, Beirut. In 2011, Joreige’s piece Objects of War, a series of video testimonials on The Lebanese Civil War, was the first major piece of Lebanese art to be acquired by Tate Modern. Joreige has exhibited internationally at institutions including, SFMOMA and Centre Pompidou.

NÁSTIO MOSQUITO (BELGIUM/ANGOLA)
Nástio Mosquito is a multimedia and performance and spoken word artist that often places himself centre stage in his work, using mimicry to explore global and African politics. He is particularly well known for his works referring to the Angolan Civil War, as well as sexual politics, consumerism and other symptoms of globalization. Mosquito has performed at institutions including Tate Modern and the Walter Art Center. In 2014 Mosquito was announced as joint winner of the 3rd Future Generation Art Prize and named by the Guardian as one of Ten African Artist’s to Look Out For. He gained widespread attention earlier this year for his exhibition Daily Lovemaking at IKON, Birmingham, a piece that was later exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale.

BEDWYR WILLIAMS (UK/WALES)
Bedwyr Williams uses multimedia, performance and text to explore the friction between ‘the deadly serious’ and ‘the banal’ aspects of modern life. Williams is known for satirizing the relationship between the artist and curator by creating absurd scenarios for them to appear in. More recently he has explored themes of dystopia and mankind’s significance in the universe through video. Williams is shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2015 and he was recipient of the Welsh Residency at the 55th Venice Biennale, work which forms the basis of his current show, at The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. His most recent work, Century Egg, will be presented at the British Art Show later this year.

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Artes Mundi 7 will be exhibiting at:

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

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CHAPTER, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

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