ARTES MUNDI 6

24 October 2014 – 22 February 2015


Artes Mundi, a major international contemporary art exhibition and the UK’s biggest art prize, returns bringing some of the world’s most pioneering artists to the National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and Ffotogallery. This must-see exhibition features groundbreaking work including film installations, sculpture, painting and performance.

Artist Mundi 6 shortlisted artists are Carlos Bunga, Omer Fast, Theaster Gates, Sharon Lockhart, Renata Lucas, Sanja Ivekovic´,Ragnar Kjartansson, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, and Renzo Martens. Visit artesmundi.org for more information.

Artist Profile

Carlos Bunga, Portugal – National Museum Cardiff
Originally trained as a painter, Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga has been experimenting with the crossover between painting and sculpture for more than a decade. Creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work explores the relationship between doing and undoing, transience and permanence, unmaking and remaking.

Omer Fast, Israel – National Museum Cardiff
Taking key historic and contemporary events as his subject matter, Omer Fast creates layered film installations that examine modes of storytelling and the ambiguities of communication. His dramatized films, characterised by high production values, often explore how the constant stream of information produced by our global society can influence the artist and audience’s capacity of assimilating perspectives and facts.

Theaster Gates, USA – National Museum Cardiff
Theaster Gates' practice includes sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions that aim to bridge the gap between art and life. He works as an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator, and his projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities by acting as catalysts for social engagement that leads to political and spatial change.

Sharon Lockhart, USA – National Museum Cardiff
Sharon Lockhart works with individuals and groups to make still and moving images that are both visually compelling and socially engaged. Her collaborations sometimes span years, working closely with her subjects to understand aspects of their lives. The resulting films and photographs embody a shared creative experience.

Renata Lucas, Brazil – National Museum Cardiff
Using basic building materials (plywood, bricks, concrete), Renata Lucas manipulates urban spaces and architecture to intensify the tension between inside and outside, public and private, past and present. By altering, tampering and intervening with public or architectural spaces the artist gives way to different social structures, less rigid, more playful, where the individual has a voice in creating the environment and social structure in which they live.

Sanja Iveković, Croatia – Ffotogallery
Over the last four decades, Croatian artist Sanja Iveković has developed a pioneering practice that tackles issues of female identity, the politics of power, consumerism and the paradoxes inherent in society's collective memory. A feminist, activist, and video pioneer, Iveković was a founder and a member of a number of women’s non-government organizations in Croatia such as Elektra- Women’s Art Centre, The Centre for Women’s Studies, B.a.B.e and the Women’s Human Rights group.

Ragnar Kjartansson, Iceland – Ffotogallery
A deep understanding of drama and pleasure transpires from Kjartansson’s work. Coming from a family of actors, the artist often mentions in interviews that the rituals of rehearsing a single scene over and over have contributed to his fascination with repetition. Best known for his endurance-based performances Kjartansson’s work attempts to convey sincere emotion and to offer a genuine experience to the audience.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, UK – Chapter
Mirza and Butler have worked together since 1998, developing a multi-layered practice which challenges terms such as participation, collaboration and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient.

Renzo Martens, Netherlands – Chapter
Dutch artist Renzo Martens lives and works in Brussels and Kinshasa and is best known for his satirical and disturbing video documentaries set on war-torn countries. He is also the creative director of the Institute for Human Activities, an institution that aims to recalibrate the economic gap between zones of contemporary artistic intervention and zones of contemporary artistic reception.

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Events

Guided Tour
Daily: until 22 February 2015 (except 7, 14 and 21 November 2014 when replaced by Lunchtime Walk and Talk) 2pm (book at information desk – places limited)

Explore the exhibition with one of our Live Guides.

Art Cart
Every Saturday and Sunday: 8 November 2014 – 8 February 2015, 10am – 4pm (drop in sessions)

Create your own artwork inspired by the Artes Mundi 6 exhibition with materials, activities and help from the Live Guides.

Lunchtime Performances
Every Thursday across the Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition. 30 October 2014 – 19 February 2015, 1.05pm – 1.30pm

A range of creative responses to the Artes Mundi 6 exhibition, including dance, theatre, spoken word and music.

Friday Lunchtime Talks
7, 14 & 21 November 2014, 1.05pm (book at information desk)

Personal perspectives on Artes Mundi 6
7 November 2014 
Karen MacKinnon, Director and Curator Artes Mundi.

14 November 2014
S Mark Gubb, Cardiff based international artist.

21 November 2014
Julia Manser, from BBC 2’s The Exhibitionists.

Family Half Term Workshop
The Big Draw

25 October 2014 – 2 November 2014, 11am, 1pm, 3pm (limited spaces - book at information desk)

Discover different drawing techniques and contribute to an exciting collaborative artwork that responds to the Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition as it grows throughout the week.

Artist Events
Saturday 8 November 2014 at Chapter, Cardiff – 2pm

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler with local residents present “The Exception and The Rule” as part of EXPERIMENTICA14: CO-EXISTENCE HAS NEVER BEEN EASY.