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Exhibition: Artes Mundi 9

National Museum Cardiff
19 May–5 September 2021
Cost Free
Suitability All
This year’s Artes Mundi entrants

The ninth edition of the critically acclaimed Artes Mundi exhibition and associated prize is presented across Cardiff in partnership with the National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and g39.

The exhibition will feature work in a diverse range of media, the six artists embracing those who have more recently emerged to great critical attention alongside those well established, creating an occasion that speaks to an entwined set of histories and issues that continue to play out across our societies and communities, as much here in Wales as globally.

Artes Mundi 9 Finalists

From the Dominican Republic, Firelei Báez’s fantastical, colourful and intricate paintings combine visual cues spanning from lavish textiles and wall coverings with colonial-era floral motifs to calligraphic patterns, hair textures, feathered headdresses and beaded jewellery.

Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa) makes powerful, unsettling sculptural installations that utilize everyday, commonplace materials such as bricks or soil to draw together the celestial and the earthly, the bodily and the metaphysical.

Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi makes poignant, intense videos that ask questions about how we might engage with, relate to and confront, painful moments within a nation’s histories and how we remember conflict without recourse to nostalgia or jingoistic propaganda.

The films of Puerto Rican artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, reflect on environmental challenges to communities through economic change, focusing on the redevelopment and gentrification of the landscape caused by new infrastructure or tourism projects, or natural forces such as recent storms and earthquakes.

From India, Prabhakar Pachpute comes from successive generations of mineworkers, and creates immersive, large-scale drawings, his use of surrealist, hybrid figures in spectacular imagined landscapes critically addressing issues of labour, the individual and the collective.

Carrie Mae Weems is one of the most influential contemporary American artists working today, her work centred on family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Her complex and multi-award winning body of work in photography and video speaks beyond the Black experience to encompass the complexity of the broader human experience, representation and social inclusion.

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