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The shortlist for the Artes Mundi 7 Prize was announced today, featuring seven of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists


Following the success of the Artes Mundi 6 Prize, awarded to Theaster Gates earlier this year, Artes Mundi is pleased to announce the shortlist for Artes Mundi 7.

Seven of world s most celebrated contemporary artists make up the shortlist, selected from over 700 nominations spanning 90 countries: John Akomfrah (UK), Ne l Beloufa (France/Algeria), Amy Franceschini/Futurefarmers (USA/Belgium), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon), Nastio Mosquito (Angola), Hito Steyerl (Germany/Japan) and Bedwyr Williams (Wales) who is also representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Artes Mundi 7 selectors, Elise Atangana, an independent curator based in Paris and Cameroon, Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Marie Muracciole, Director of the Beirut Art Centre, sought artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and who explore contemporary social issues across the globe.

CCQ has previously featured Nastio Mosquito; you can read our interviews with him and Williams in previous issues of CCQ

We wish the best of luck to all shortlisted artists and look forward to the creative conversations that the prize will stimulate, as well as the Artes Mundi 7 exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff.

Artes Mundi 7 opens runs from 2 October 2016 26 February 2017 at the National Museum


Image: Nastio Mosquito, I am Naked, 2005, video, 4"531. Courtesy Nastio Mosquito