Artes Mundi prize shortlist announced

Bouchra Khalili, 'The Tempest Society' (2017), digital film Otobong Nkanga, Wetin You Go Do (2015), installation view Anna Boghiguian, Jardin de l’inconscient (2016), installation view Apichatpong Weerasethakul, ‘Power_Boy_(Mekong)’ (2017), lightjet print. Image: courtesy Kick the Machine Films Trevor Paglen, They Watch the Moon (2010), C-print

The Cardiff-based Artes Mundi has announced the shortlist for the eighth edition of its biennial art prize, Artes Mundi 8. The prize, worth £40,000, will be awarded in January 2019 following a fourth-month exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff. The shortlist was selected from over 450 nominations spanning 86 countries. 

The five shortlisted artists are:

Anna Boghiguian (Canada/Egypt)
Bouchra Khalili (Morocco/France)
Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria)
Trevor Paglen (USA)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

The selectors for Artes Mundi 8 were Nick Aikens, a curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Daniela Pérez, an independent curator based in Mexico City; and Alia Swastika, a Jakarta-based curator and writer, looked for artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and explore contemporary social issues across the globe.

Established in 2002, Artes Mundi supports contemporary visual artists whose work engages with social reality and lived experience. In 2017 the Artes Mundi 7 Prize was awarded to John Akomfrah. Previous winners are; Theaster Gates (2015), Teresa Margolles (2013), Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006), and Xu Bing (2004).

11 September 2017