The seven artists shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7 are John Akomfrah, Neïl Beloufa, Amy Franceschini/Futurefarmers, Lamia Joreige, Nástio Mosquito, Hito Steyerl and Bedwyr Williams.
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.
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), 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 artist, 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.”