Artes Mundi is hosting its 7th major international exhibition and the UK’s largest contemporary art prize. The prize is open to artists whose work explores social issues which relate to the theme of ‘The Human Condition’.
More than 700 nominations were received for Artes Mundi 7. The six shortlisted artists are exhibiting in Wales at the National Museum Cardiff and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff between 21 October – 26 February 2017.
Highlights of the prize show include the world premiere of Transitory Suppository: Act #I Another Leader by Nástio Mosquito and the premiere of Bedwyr Williams piece Tyrrau Mawr (2016).
John Akomfrah OBE, presents his diptych film Auto da Fé (2016) investigating causes of migration while Lamia Joreige’s Under-Writing Beirut explores Lebanon’s complex history of conflict. Futurefarmers’ Amy Franceschini explores the politics of food production and video artist Neïl Beloufa’s presents a series of films questioning politics and power structures.
An international panel of judges selected the overall prize winner. Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, announced UK, contemporary-artist John Akomfrah as the winner of the Artes Mundi 7 award, with a prize sum of £40,000, at a ceremony held at National Museum Cardiff on 26 January 2017.
We’ve produced an exclusive series of interviews with the six nominated artists. These films provide a first-hand account of their works, practices and perspectives.
Check out the trailer below, and watch the interviews in full on our video channel