February 12, 2008 - Artes Mundi - Exhibition and Prize opens 15 March 2008
February 12, 2008

Exhibition and Prize opens 15 March 2008

Lida Abdul
Vasco Araújo
Mircea Cantor
Dalziel + Scullion
N.S. Harsha
Abdoulaye Konaté
Susan Norrie
Rosângela Rennó

15 March – 8 June 2008


Artes Mundi 3 exhibition opens next month on15 March 2008 at National Museum Cardiff. It features major works from the nine artists shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 3 Prize – Lida Abdul, Vasco Araújo, Mircea Cantor, Dalziel + Scullion, N.S. Harsha, Abdoulaye Konaté, Susan Norrie and Rosângela Rennó. In addition, the exhibition will feature new works not seen before by Araújo, Harsha and Konaté. The winner of the Artes Mundi 3 Prize (worth 40,000 Pounds) will be decided by an international jury and announced on
24 April 2008.

Lida Abdul presents a selection of her filmic works including The Brick Sellers 2006 and Clapping with Stones 2006, where men are seated within the space once occupied by a Buddha destroyed by the Taliban. Abdul’s work speaks of violence and devastation but also survival and rebuilding.

Vasco Araújo presents a selection of films and installations including Augusta 2008 that will premiere at Artes Mundi 3 and Hereditas 2006, a work that muses upon childhood and fragility. Using allusion, he explores social behaviours, cultural stereotypes and sexual identity.

Mircea Cantor presents a series of works including the haunting Deeparture 2005 where a wolf and a deer circle each other, subverting our understanding of a predatory scenario. Cantor is interested not in creating images for their own sake but more for what they can say or suggest.

Dalziel + Scullion present two major installations – Source 2007, and More than us 2007 that explores the habitat of a rare day-flying moth. The artists use a range of media to explore the complex relationship between humankind and the natural world.

N.S. Harsha presents a series of large-scale paintings including Come give us a speech 2007/8, a new six-panel work to be seen for the first time at Artes Mundi 3. Harsha will also create a new floor painting in the gallery. Harsha has turned the Indian tradition of miniature painting into a unique commentary on contemporary life.

Abdoulaye Konaté presents a selection of textiles including a new large scale work Le dos à l’Âme 2008 measuring 4 x 2.4m. His work is embedded in the West African tradition of using textiles to communicate and commemorate, and initiate discussions of wider issues.

Susan Norrie presents Havoc 2007. Filmed in East Java, Havoc depicts a town made uninhabitable by the ceaseless eruption of hot mud. The work reflects the resilience of people confronting disaster and the town’s thermodynamics become a metaphor for our turbulent times.

Rosângela Rennó presents a series of photographic works including Farewell Ceremony 1997-2003 – thirty-nine photographs of Cuban newly-weds from the 1980’s. The captured moment loses its intimacy when seen repeated. Rennó uses found photographs and texts to re-present and re-invent the past.

Artes Mundi Wales International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize celebrates outstanding emerging artists from around the world who discuss the human condition. Every two years its programme of art, education and work in communities culminates in the Artes Mundi Exhibition and Prize.

Selectors Isabel Carlos and Bisi Silva.

Curator Tessa Jackson Assistant Curator Liberty Paterson

Artes Mundi 3
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff,
Wales, UK CF10 3NP

+44 (0)2920 397 951
Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays
Admission Free

Artes Mundi core supporters: Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff Council, Arts Council of Wales, BBC Wales, National Museum Wales and The Derek Williams Trust.

Artes Mundi 3 major sponsors: St Davids 2, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Gerald Eve and Arts & Business.

Media sponsors: Western Mail and Sky Arts.

Image above:
(clockwise from top left): Lida Abdul The Tree 2005 Courtesy the Artist / Giorgio Persano Gallery. Rosângela Rennó Blind Wall 2000, Private Collection 1992-1995. Mircea Cantor Diamond Corn 2005 Courtesy Mircea Cantor and Yvon Lambert, Paris / New York. Abdoulaye Konaté Les Marcheurs 2006. Vasco Araújo L’inceste 2004 (detail) Courtesy Gonçalo and Madalena Reis. N S Harsha We come, we eat and we sleep (Panel 1) 1999-2001 Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery. Dalziel + Scullion Source 2007 Courtesy the Artists. Susan Norrie Havoc 2007 Courtesy the Artist.

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