Artes Mundi 9 Prize winners: Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic), Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Prabhakar Pachpute (India), Carrie Mae Weems (US)
The jury for the UK’s largest international contemporary art prize Artes Mundi 9, has unanimously decided to award the prize to all six artists shortlisted this year in recognition of this time of exceptional social and economic upheaval and to acknowledge the outstanding quality of their individual practices, and the powerfully relevant work that has been either newly created or reconfigured especially for the exhibition.
The jury for Artes Mundi 9 comprises Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong and Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2020; Elvira Dyangani-Ose, Director of The Showroom gallery in London; and Rachel Kent, Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The six shortlisted artists were originally selected out of more than 700 nominations...from 90 countries.
Although the shortlist was first confirmed in September 2019—at a time when few could predict the global economic and social change the world was accelerating towards—it is no coincidence that the artists’ work all speaks to and resonates with the complex and challenging ideas and issues we need to address individually and collectively within our societies, concerning equity, representation, trauma and privilege.
The jurors commented, “Reflecting on 2020 into the present, this has been a time of enormous social, political and economic upheaval, and as a jury, we have reached a collective, unanimous decision to award the Artes Mundi 9 Prize to all six participating artists: Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute and Carrie Mae Weems.
We have done so in recognition of both the context in which their work is produced; and importantly, in recognition of each individual practice which is outstanding in merit, made especially, and powerfully relevant today.
Together the six presentations create a coherent and timely exhibition, addressing a range of issues and topics for consideration. Furthermore, in creating new and ambitious bodies of work for Artes Mundi 9, each artist has demonstrated great resilience in overcoming the many, global obstacles that COVID-19 has presented. Collectively, the exhibition speaks to their distinctive and powerful voices in ways that are rich, thoughtful and rewarding.”
Nigel Prince, Director of Artes Mundi said, “As director, and on behalf of the Artes Mundi staff team and Board of Trustees, I express my thanks to the jurors for all their work and offer heartfelt congratulations to Firelei, Dineo, Meiro, Prabhakar, Beatriz and Carrie. Working together over these last 18 months has been a most rewarding experience and has resulted in a timely and enriching exhibition that visually and conceptually speaks with great insight and potency.”
Work by all six of the winning artists is currently on display at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter until September 5 with a screening programme of additional works by artists at g39 from July to September.
Entrada actualizada el el 22 jun de 2021
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