Artes Mundi 5 Shortlist For £40k Prize Announced

Artes Mundi 5 is to present the work of seven groundbreaking contemporary artists of growing international importance, at the National Museum of Art under the roof of National Museum Cardiff from 6 October 2012. The artists are nominated for the £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize, the largest cash prize awarded in the UK and one of the most significant in the world for recognising international contemporary artists. The Prize will be presented on 29 November 2012.
This must-see show provides a rare overview for UK audiences of the international art scene. Occurring every two years since 2004, Artes Mundi is committed to supporting contemporary visual artists from around the world whose work engages with social reality, lived experience and the human condition. Artes Mundi’s nominee artists are already well known in their home country or region with growing international careers. Each artist will exhibit at least one major work and some projects will be new for the exhibition or not previously exhibited in the UK. Artists have been nominated for their body of work over the past 5-8 years and tackle a diverse range of ideas relating to contemporary life. The work included in Artes Mundi 5 explores subjects as varied as drug violence in Mexico, reality television, the condition of wor kers in India and the social and political nature of urban living environments.
The 2012 nominated artists include: Miriam Bäckström (Sweden), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Phil Collins (England), Sheela Gowda (India), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Darius Mikšys (Lithuania) and Apolonija Šušteršič (Slovenia).

Sheela Gowda, Of All People, 2011    Photo: Thierry Bal

Artes Mundi 5 Exhibition: 6 October 2012 – 13 January 2013 at Wales’ National Museum of Art   Prize Awarded: 29 November 2012

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