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The wait is over and the shortlist for the sixth Artes Mundi Prize can be revealed, with the biggest shortlist yet, featuring nine artists and one artists' partnership . Selected from 800 nominations from 70 countries by Adam Budak, an independent curator currently based in Washington and Sabine Schaschl, Director and Curator of Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, the artists, from eight countries, were chosen for the ways in which their work explores and/or reflects the human condition and lived experience.

Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi s new Director & Curator is enthusiastic about the selection, commenting that, The selectors for Artes Mundi 6 have chosen an astonishing group of artists from an extensive, worldwide list of nominations. I very much look forward to working with them, and to creating an exhibition next October that will give local and international audiences the opportunity to engage with some of today s most exciting international artists. There will be artists from different cultures and generations and an amazing array of artistic practices. Their work will form an exhibition that will be challenging, playful, moving and, above all, will emphasise the importance of art that challenges our perspectives and enriches our lives."

And the shortlisted artists are: Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK), Omer Fast (Israel), Theaster Gates (USA), Sanja Ivekovi (Croatia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Sharon Lockhart(USA), Renata Lucas (Brazil), Renzo Martens (The Netherlands).

There will be a chance to hear Karen MacKinnon talk about the work of all of the shortlisted artists tonight (12.12.2013) at g39 in Cardiff.For more information please follow this link www.artesmundi.org or book free tickets via Eventbrite

Works by the shortlisted artists for Artes Mundi 6 willon show at the National Museum of Art in Cardiff from 25 October 2014 to February 2015

ArtesMundi6_Carlos Bunga_Mausoleum ArtesMundi_TheasterGates_My Labor Is My Protest South Galleries and 9x9x9 White Cube Bermondsey


Artes Mundi 6 Mirza & Butler, Act 00136 ArtesMundi6_OmerFast_Five Thousand Feet is the Best


ArtesMundi6_SharonLockhart_NO_still ArtesMundi6_RenzoMartens_Episode 1_


(Main Image) God, 2007 - Ragnar KjartanssonVideo 30 minute loop

From top left to right, top to bottom:

My Labor Is My Protest - Theaster GatesSouth Galleries and 9x9x9, White Cube BermondseyPhoto: Ben Westoby, Courtesy White Cube

Act 00136, 2009 - Mizra and ButlerMuseum of Non Participation neon sign, 130x80cm

Five Thousand Feet is the Best, 2011 - Omer Fast30 minutes Digital Video, Colour, Sound

Matema tica Ra pida (Quick mathemathics), 2006 - Renata Lucasconcrete pathway, lampposts, plant beds, young trees.Installation views at Rua Brigadeiro Galva~o, Barra Funda nighbourhood for the 27th Bienal de S o Paulo, Brazil.150m length along the pathway. (approx. dimensions).Photos by Daniel Steegmann and Edouard Fraipont.

Make-Up, 1979 - Sanja Ivekovi

41.3 x 38.1cm Magazine page with map pins. Collection of the artist

No, 2003 Sharon Lockhart16 mm colour/sound mono duration, 32 min 30 sec.Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

Episode 1, 2000-2003 - Renzo Martens45min,hi-8 on DVDCourtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters.