John Akomfrah, Handsworth Songs, (Still) 1986, courtesy the artist, Smoking Dogs Films , London - Following the success of Artes Mundi 6, awarded to Theaster Gates earlier this year, Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the shortlist for the seventh edition of the UK's leading biennial art prize, Artes Mundi 7. 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 shortlists artists. The shortlist was selected from over 700 nominations spanning 90 countries and includes seven of world's most celebrated contemporary artists. They are: JOHN AKOMFRAH (UK) | NEÏL BELOUFA (FRANCE/ALGERIA) AMY FRANCESCHINI / FUTUREFARMERS (USA/BELGIUM) LAMIA JOREIGE (LEBANON) | NÁSTIO MOSQUITO (ANGOLA) HITO STEYERL (GERMANY/JAPAN) | BEDWYR WILLIAMS (UK/WALES) John Akomfrah OBE is renowned for his 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's is the founder of the Californian artist and farming collective, Futurefarmers. Lamia Joreige was the first female Lebanese artist to be recognised on a global scale and the first to have a major work acquired by Tate. Nástio Mosquito was recently named as one of Africa's Ten African Artist's to Look Out For by the Guardian. 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. Please see full biographies overleaf. The Artes Mundi 7 shortlist will take part in a major exhibition of formative and new works which will run from 21st October 2016 to February 26th 2017 at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter, Cardiff. For Artes Mundi 7 there will also be an extended programme across the city in partnership with other organisations. Artes Mundi 7 selectors, Elise Atangana, an independent curator based in Paris and Cameroon; Alist - United Kingdom - Monday 9th October 2006 (1 Picture)
John Akomfrah, Handsworth Songs, (still) 1986, Courtesy The Artist, Smoking Dogs Films and London
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