This year’s Artes Mundi prize show takes place across three venues including National Museum Cardiff, Chapter Gallery and Ffotogallery, Penarth. Highlights of this year’s prize show include the world premiere of A complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth or When We Believe (2014) byTheaster Gates (USA), which features a Malinese Boli, and a Masonic unicycling goat. Renzo Martens (Netherlands) presents the first work from The Institute for Human Activities, in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 3D-printed, chocolate self-portraits made by Congolese plantation workers. Carlos Bunga (Portugal) premieres an architecturally-scaled site-specific cardboard installation entitled Exodus (2014).
Whilst there is no single overarching theme, at the heart of Artes Mundi is a desire to present art which directly engages with people's lives and with what it means to be human, exploring social themes from across the globe but which also resonate locally and touch all our lives.
A panel of independent judges will award one of the artists £40,000 on January 22nd 2015.