Artes Mundi is the key flagship international visual arts organisation for Wales based in Cardiff, UK. Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is committed to working with artists whose work engages with social reality and lived experience. The Artes Mundi exhibition and prize takes place biennially, while alongside these is a sustained public programme, co-creative community partnerships, projects and commissions. Previous winners are Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2019), John Akomfrah (2017), Theaster Gates (2015), Teresa Margolles (2013), Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006), and Xu Bing (2004). In an Artes Mundi first, the jury unanimously decided to award the Artes Mundi 9 Prize to all six shortlisted artists in 2021.
Artes Mundi 10, Presenting Partner: Bagri Foundation, will prove a watershed moment for Artes Mundi as we simultaneously celebrate the legacies of the past twenty years working with some of the most exceptional artistic voices of recent times while looking ahead to ensuring we remain relevant for the next twenty years.
To mark this 20th anniversary, the AM10 exhibition will for the first time be presented across Wales at five nationwide venues, National Museum Cardiff and Chapter in Cardiff; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown and Mostyn in Llandudno, providing even greater opportunities for national and international audiences to experience the show. The AM10 exhibition will comprise significant solo presentations of new and existing work of seven of the world’s most important international contemporary artists.
Rushdi Anwar (Born Kurdistan. Lives and works between Thailand and Australia) exhibiting at The National Museum Cardiff.
Carolina Caycedo (Born UK to Colombian parents. Lives and works in USA) exhibiting at Oriel Davies Gallery and Chapter.
Alia Farid (Born Kuwait. Lives and works between Kuwait City and Puerto Rico) exhibiting at The National Museum Cardiff.
Naomi Rincón Gallardo (Born USA. Lives and works in Mexico) exhibiting at Chapter.
Taloi Havini (Born Bougainville (Nakas/ Hakö tribe. Lives and works in Australia) exhibiting at Mostyn and Chapter.
Nguyễn Trinh Thi (Born and continues to live and work in Vietnam) exhibiting at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Chapter.
Mounira Al Solh (Born Lebanon. Lives and works in Lebanon and The Netherlands) exhibiting at The National Museum Cardiff.
Across Wales, individual presentations by each artist will collectively examine ideas concerning connections to land, contested territories and histories, the questioning of nationhood and its environmental impact, and of how these ideas challenge preconceived notions of identity and belonging.