01 November 2016

Artes Mundi 7 arrives in Cardiff

The biggest biennial contemporary art prize in the UK, Artes Mundi, is back in Cardiff this autumn and winter. The theme called for work that explores social issues relating to the human condition.

On 21 October 2016, the Artes Mundi 7 Exhibition and Prize will open across two Cardiff arts venues: National Museum Cardiff and Chapter Arts Centre's Gallery. It's free to enter, so take yourself along and make up your own mind on which of the six finalists you think interprets the theme the best. It's going to be a tough call!

Bedwyr Williams - Tyrrau Mawr

This North Wales artist creates observational art based on the monotony and seriousness of aspects of daily modern life. In Tyrrau Mawr, he builds a fictional city around Welsh mountain Cader Idris, taking inspiration from mega cities to show how mass construction can alienate and excite at the same time.

Image of the artist Bedwyr Williams in front of his art piece 'Tyrrau Mawr'

Bedwyr Williams, 'Tyrrau Mawr', Artes Mundi 7

 by Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales

John Akomfrah - Auto de Fé

Akomfrah was one of the founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective in the 1980s. His interests lie in making imagery and films relating to the spread of communities and races, colonialism and hidden people.

Image of the artist John Akomfrah and his work 'Auto de Fé'

John Akomfrah, 'Auto de Fé', Artes Mundi 7

 by Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales

Lamia Joreige - Under-writing Beirut – Mathaf (Museum)

This Beirut-based visual artist and filmmaker focuses on war, aftermath and history through collecting archived historical artefacts and documents and blending them with fictional elements.

Image of the artist Lamia Joreige with her work 'Under-writing Beirut – Mathaf (Museum)'

Lamia Joreige, Under-writing Beirut – Mathaf (Museum)', Artes Mundi 7

 by Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales

Nástio Mosquito - Transitory Suppository

With an array of art forms at play, Mosquito is premiering the first part of his Transitory Suppository project, where the crazy leader of a fictional country offers fast solutions to global issues.

Image of the artist Nástio Mosquito with his art piece 'Transitory Suppository'

Nástio Mosquito, 'Transitory Suppository', Artes Mundi 7

 by Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales

Neïl Beloufa - World Domination / Monopoly / Counting on People

Beloufa creates surreal installations and environments from inexpensive materials and objects, which are often juxtaposed by elements of film, game-playing and sculpture.

Image of the artist Neïl Beloufa with his work 'World Domination / Monopoly / Counting on People'

Neïl Beloufa, 'World Domination / Monopoly / Counting on People', Artes Mundi 7

 by Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales

Amy Franceschini and Futurefarmers - Flatbread Society / Seed Journey

Futurefarmers, a collective comprising artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers, was founded in 1995 by Californian artist Amy Franceschini. Their ongoing project, Flatbread Society, captures snapshots from a diverse communal space looking at the ideas of preservation of the land, skills and populations.

The exhibition runs from 21st October 2016 to 26th February 2017, with the winner announced on 26th January 2017. For more information, visit the Artes Mundi website.