Artes Mundi is hosting its 7th major international exhibition in Cardiff, Wales and the UK’s largest contemporary art prize. The £40,000 prize is open to artists whose work explores social issues that relate to the theme of ‘The Human Condition’. In the lead up to the prize announcement on 26 January 2017, we’re launching an exclusive series of interviews with the six nominated artists. These films provide a first hand account of their works, practices and perspectives.

More than 700 nominations were received for Artes Mundi 7 and the six shortlisted artists exhibit their works at National Museum Cardiff and Chapter Gallery between 21 October – 26 February 2017 before an international panel of judges chooses the overall prize winner on the 26 January 2017.

Two of the nominated artists also have works in the British Council Collection: Bedwyr Williams and John Akomfrah OBE

This exhibition of the nominees features Bedwyr Williams' (UK/Wales) (2016) premiere of his new film, Tyrrau Mawr:

John Akomfrah OBE (UK) presents his diptych film, Auto da Fé (2016), investigating causes of migration:

Nástio Mosquito (Angola/Belgium) shows the world premiere of Transitory Suppository: Act #I Another Leader:

Lamia Joreige’s (Lebanon);Under-Writing Beirutexplores Lebanon’s complex history of conflict:

Futurefarmers’ Amy Franceschini's (USA) work investigates the politics of food production:

Video artist Neïl Beloufa’s (France/Algeria) series of films question politics and power structures:

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