Artes Mundi 8

The shortlist for Artes Mundi 8 brings together 5 exemplary international contemporary artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and who explore contemporary social issues across the globe. The shortlist was selected from over 450 nominations spanning 86 countries.

This year’s shortlist is a diverse selection of international artists spanning different generations and cultures and includes some of the pioneers of current contemporary art practice on the world stage. They are:

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

The work in the exhibition spans four continents and a varied range of artistic practices. Anna Boghiguian’s politically charged and nuanced drawings, paintings, cut-outs and installations survey globalism and intricate economies of power. Through her use of film, Bouchra Khalili deftly examines modes of resistance, minorities and identity, often in collaboration with her subjects. Otobong Nkanga’s intricate and beguiling tapestries, installations and use of minerals and organic material interrogate our fast-changing relationship with the land and the use and cultural value of natural resources. Trevor Paglen’s unique use of photography, scientific collaboration and journalism offer the viewer a chance to see the unseen, investigating shadowy government practices, surveillance and hidden structures of authority, while Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s meditative and dreamlike films explore the ghosts of Thailand’s past, liminal spaces of memory and identity and shared consciousness and belonging.

The winner of Artes Mundi 8 receives a prize of £40,000GBP or equivalent local currency. Apichatpong Weerasethakul was announced the winner on January 24th 2019.

26th October 2018 – 24th February 2019

Venue:  National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

Admission: Free



Selectors & Judges

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(From left to right) Nick Aikens, Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Alia Swastika, Program Director for Ark Galerie, in Yogyakarta and Curator for Jogja Biennale XI; Daniela Pérez, Independent Curator, co-founder of a platform for contemporary art projects called de_sitio; Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi Director and Curator.

Artes Mundi 8 selectors:
Nick Aikens, curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven;
Alia Swastika, a Jakarta-based curator and writer;
Daniela Pérez, an independent curator based in Mexico City.


Artes Mundi 8 judges:
Laura Raicovich, Independent Curator, New York City
Katoaka Mami, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum
Anthony Shapland, Creative Director, G39

Chair of the Jury: 

Oliver Basciano, International Editor at, ArtReview and ArtReview Asia


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