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Artes Mundi 7 Shortlist Announced

Artes Mundi 7 Shortlist Announced

Following the success of the Artes Mundi 6 Prize, awarded to Theaster Gates earlier this year, Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the shortlist for Artes Mundi 7, the seventh edition of the UK’s leading biennial art prize. The winner of the prestigious £40,000, Cardiff-based Artes Mundi Prize will be announced in January 2017 following a four month exhibition of works by the shortlisted artists. 17 Sep 2015

Artes Mundi 7 Shortlist Announced

Seven of world’s most celebrated contemporary artists make up the shortlist, selected from over 700 nominations spanning 90 countries:

JOHN AKOMFRAH (UK)

NEÏL BELOUFA (FRANCE/ALGERIA)

AMY FRANCESCHINI / FUTUREFARMERS (USA/BELGIUM)

LAMIA JOREIGE (LEBANON)

NÁSTIO MOSQUITO (ANGOLA)

HITO STEYERL (GERMANY/JAPAN)

BEDWYR WILLIAMS (UK/WALES)

Artes Mundi 7 selectors, 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, sought artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and who explore contemporary social issues across the globe.

John Akomfrah OBE is a renowned director, writer and theorist known for ground-breaking films such as The Stuart Hall Project (2013). Neïl Beloufa is known in the UK for his widely-reviewed 2014 ICA show, Counting on People. Amy Franceschini is the founder of the Californian artist and farming collective, Futurefarmers, which focuses on creating international projects that challenge systems of food production and transportation. Lamia Joreige was the first female Lebanese artist to be internationally recognised and the first to have a major work acquired by Tate. Nástio Mosquito was recently named in The Guardian’s list of Ten African Artists to Look Out For following his first UK solo exhibition at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. Hito Steyerl’s surreal videos set in the ‘post-internet age’ have won her multiple awards. Bedwyr Williams is one of the UK’s most sought after artists and is celebrated for his work representing Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Artes Mundi 7 will present a major exhibition of seminal and new works by the shortlisted artists from 21st October 2016 to 26th February 2017 at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter, Cardiff. There will also be an extended programme across the city, in partnership with other organisations.

Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi’s Director and Curator, said, "These amazing artists bring their own unique perspectives to work that explores what it means to be human in contemporary society. Whether introspective and deeply personal or engaged with broader social and cultural issues, each artist demonstrates the importance of art and culture in our everyday lives, challenging our preconceptions and opening up new ways of engaging with the world around us."

PRAISE FOR ARTES MUNDI 6

"Works that reflect the rich variety of global cultures expressed through a wide range of ideas." - The Times

"The UK’s most overlooked visual arts award" - Financial Times

"The critical reaction to the open and innovative nature of Artes Mundi has been as positive as the response to this year's Turner Prize was negative, suggesting that the one-time bad boy of contemporary art prizes is being shown a thing or two by this, less staid, young pretender" - Will Gompertz, BBC News at Ten

"An exceptionally strong line up" - The Guardian

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 through 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 uses video and multimedia to explore and parody social interaction, through subjects as diverse as extra-terrestrials, nationalism and terrorism. Beloufa’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 has been 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. Franceschini 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 trauma of the Lebanese wars with emphasis on her home city, Beruit. In 2011, Joreige’s work 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 (ANGOLA)

Nástio Mosquito is a multimedia, performance and spoken word artist who often places himself centre stage in his work, using mimicry to explore global and African politics. He is particularly well known for works that refer 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 Walker 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 Artists 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.

HITO STEYERL (GERMANY/JAPAN)

Berlin-based artist and writer Hito Steyerl’s video work focuses on contemporary manifestations of feminism and militarisation in relation to the mass proliferation of images and knowledge through digital media platforms. Recent solo exhibitions include Bank, Shanghai; KOW gallery, Berlin; Artists Space, New York; and ICA, London. In 2010 Steyerl was awarded the New: Visions Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival for her film, In Free Fall.

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, through video, themes of dystopia and mankind’s significance in the universe. Williams is shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2015 and represented Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale with work that also 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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