Artes Mundi 5 announces further exhibition details

Date posted: September 1, 2012

Exhibition: 6 October 2012 – 13 January 2013 at Wales’ National Museum of Art

Prize Awarding: 29 November 2012

Artes Mundi 5 is delighted to announce further details about the 2012 exhibition, including new works created especially for this year’s edition by shortlisted artists Miriam Bäckström, Tania Bruguera, Darius Mikšys and Apolonija Šušteršič, as well as a range of additional works by shortlisted artists, Phil Collins, Sheela Gowda and Teresa Margolles. Artes Mundi 5 will also feature a strong programme of artist performances and participatory events which represents a major new focus for this year’s exhibition and prize.

Exhibition: 6 October 2012 – 13 January 2013 at Wales’ National Museum of Art

Prize Awarding: 29 November 2012

Artes Mundi 5 is delighted to announce further details about the 2012 exhibition, including new works created especially for this year’s edition by shortlisted artists Miriam Bäckström, Tania Bruguera, Darius Mikšys and Apolonija Šušteršič, as well as a range of additional works by shortlisted artists, Phil Collins, Sheela Gowda and Teresa Margolles. Artes Mundi 5 will also feature a strong programme of artist performances and participatory events which represents a major new focus for this year’s exhibition and prize.


Taking place from 6 October 2012, Artes Mundi 5 will feature the work of seven ground-breaking contemporary artists of growing international importance whose practices engage with social reality, lived experience and the human condition. The exhibition will take place at the National Museum of Art under the roof of National Museum Cardiff. For the first time Artes Mundi will also be in partnership with organisations such as Cardiff-based multidisciplinary arts centre Chapter, who will provide an additional venue for some of the works. The winner of the prize will be announced at a special award ceremony taking place on 29 November 2012 at National Museum Cardiff. With a first prize of £40,0000, Artes Mundi is the largest cash prize awarded for the arts in the UK and one of the most significant in the world. For Artes Mundi 5, each shortlisted artist will receive £4,000 and one of the artists will be selected for a solo exhibition, to be presented in 2014 in the lead up to Artes Mundi 6, at the recently refurbished Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, Wales. This year will also welcome the inclusion of an audience choice poll for the prize, allowing the public to vote for their favourite artist and work in the exhibition. The results of the poll will be revealed at the close of the exhibition in January 2013.


Swedish artist Miriam Bäckström will present a new large scale tapestry Smile as if we have already won.  Reflecting her practice which explores the processes of creating and recreating memory using photography, text, theatre and video, Smile as if we have already won mixes cotton, wool, silk and lurex, woven into a massive 3 meter high and 12 meter wide scene. Hung in an arc across the gallery space, the tapestry will depict figures in a room composed of mirror fragments, creating the sense that the work is simultaneously claustrophobic and infinitely expanding.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera will be presenting Immigrant Respect Campaign, as part of her long-term art project, Immigrant Movement International (2010-2015). The work is an artist-initiated socio-political movement exploring what defines an ‘immigrant’. The campaign will feature the symbol of the Immigrant Respect ribbon and include a projection of the artist’s work on the front of National Museum Cardiff on Thursday 4 October, alongside a poster campaign throughout central Cardiff. Visitors to the exhibition at the National Museum of Art will also be invited to sign a Moral Commitment Contract promoting immigrants’ rights.

Lithuanian artist Darius Mikšys will present a new work The Code. Taking Eglė Obcarskaitė’s essay about Mikšys for the Artes Mundi 5 exhibition catalogue, the text has been deconstructed into ‘search terms’. These have then been fed into the National Museum Wales’ seven collection databases and the results of which will create a unique installation that forms a portrait of the artist and his practice through objects in the Museum’s collection. Mikšys’ practice is known to explore installation as a means to experiment, conceptualise and re-imagine the processes of making, displaying and engaging with art.

Architect and visual artist Apolonija Šušteršič will present her new work Politics “In Space”/ Tiger Bay Projectwhich looks at the development of the Cardiff Bay area following the completion of the barrage. This project will expand on her practice which responds to contemporary urban regeneration and the social, political, economic and environmental issues surrounding it. Presented in the form of a video installation, Šušteršič has engaged with a variety of individuals and organisations involved with and opposed to the development, to explore its past, present and future.


Additional highlights to be displayed include British artist Phil Collins will be presenting his work free fotolab which offers the viewer a glimpse into the lives of strangers. Collins offered individuals, in several European cities, free processing and prints from their undeveloped rolls of films in return for the rights to use them. The result is a nine-minute slideshow including holiday snaps, weddings, pets and other private moments. Using performance-based and conceptual approaches to video and photography Collins’ work often explores the very essence of what it is to be human.

Indian artist Sheela Gowda’s large-scale abstract sculpture, Kagebangara, comprising tar drums, sourced from Indian road workers, alongside yellow and blue plastic tarpaulin. This is exemplary of Gowda’s sculptural and installation practice insofar as it explores how materials can make specific reference to the social and cultural context of India. In this work Gowda subtly references the source materials original use, which in this case brings shelters like those built by the migrant construction workers along the roadside into the gallery space.

Having trained in forensic medicine, Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, examines the economics of death through sculptural interventions and performances. In this exhibition she will present one of her ‘multisensory’ sculptures. In Plancha, water which has been used to cleanse dead bodies in the morgue drips from the ceiling onto hotplates. Each drop evaporates on impact with a noticeable hiss. The work will seek to narrate the transition in death from present to absent, the processes of decomposition and ultimately honours anonymous lives that have been lost.


Performances and offsite projects to be featured as part of Artes Mundi 5 include Phil Collins’ This Unfortunate Thing Between Us. Split in two broadcasts to be screened in retro caravans on the forecourt of Chapter Arts Centre, this work takes the format of a teleshopping channel, but instead of commodities for sale viewers have a choice of ‘fantasies at promotional prices’. Hosted by a cast of actors from a range of professions including stand up, teleshopping and pornography with a live soundtrack by Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl, viewers are invited to watch both the sale and the fulfilment of these experiences.

Miriam Bäckström will be presenting two performances of her play Motherfucker at Chapter Arts Centre. Exploring the complex roles, positions and perspectives within a relationship, a female director asks a male actor to forge a character whom she wants to meet in order to be able to leave. The use of performance mixed with live video feed will create a paradox between the real and mediated video that is simultaneously being projected.

Other artist projects include Live Talk Show, a public panel discussion as part of Apolonija Šušteršič’s Politics “In Space”/ Tiger Bay Project. It will discuss the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay aiming to draw out and add to the debates raised in Šušteršič’s installation. During the five days of Experimentica 12, Chapter’s annual live art festival, 1x1x1 will feature one film, by one artist, for one day each. Screened in Chapter Gallery it will include films by Teresa Margolles, Phil Collins, Tania Bruguera, Miriam Bäckström and Apolonija Šušteršič.

Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director, Artes Mundi said:

“It is a really exciting development for Artes Mundi that so many of the international artists are creating new work for the exhibition. Through these commissions there is a direct engagement with the social and economic context of Cardiff, a reconsideration of National Museum Wales’ collections, and reflection on the complexities of individual and collective identity. And for the first time a number of projects will be presented outside the museum, accessing new audiences and activating the relationship between the artwork and public space.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is principal sponsor of the Artes Mundi 5 Exhibition and Prize this year.      As a company serving clients in more than 90 countries, it is committed to a diverse programme of cultural support. The company’s art and culture platform is a key element of its broader corporate responsibility strategy which seeks to develop substantive solutions for social and environmental challenges.

Notes to Editors:

The 2012 nominated artists include: Miriam Bäckström (Sweden), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Phil Collins (England), Sheela Gowda (India), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Darius Mikšys (Lithuania) and Apolonija Šušteršič (Slovenia).




National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP, +44 (0)29 2057 3000,


Throughout exhibition

Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Superhero Workshop 2011

Exploring how we view each other’s cultures and identities, leading to the creation of immigrant superheroes, free, Suitable for ages 6-12

Places limited, to book your place, please ring National Museum Cardiff Learning Department on 02920 573240


19 October 2012, Gallery 22, 3:30-4:30pm

Apolonija Šušteršič, Live Talk Show 2012

A panel discussion about the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay aiming to draw out and add to the debates raised in Šušteršič’s installation, free


29 November 2012, National Museum Cardiff

Darius Mikšys, Artists’ Parents’ Meeting 2008

Closed Event, by invitation only



Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, +44 (0)29 2030 4400,


Throughout exhibition:

Phil Collins This Unfortunate Thing Between Us 2011

Video installation in caravans outside Chapter’s entrance, free


21-25 November 2012, during Experimentica 2012:UNSEEN, Chapter’s annual live art festival

Chapter Gallery:

Artes Mundi 1x1x1, 

A series of film screenings in the gallery, showing one work, for one day, by one of the artists shortlisted for Artes Mundi 5, free

21 November: Teresa Margolles, Irrigación 2010

22 November: Phil Collins, soy mi madre 2008

23 November: Tania Bruguera, Tatlin’s Whisper no.6 (Havana version) 2009

24 November: Miriam Bäckström, Rebecka 2004

25 November: Apolonija Šušteršič & Meike Schalk, Alienation 2005


Chapter Cinema:

21 November: Miriam Backstrom, Kira Carpelan 2007, ticketed

22 November: Phil Collins marxism today (prologue) 2010 and use! value! exchange! 2010 followed by a Q&A with curator and artist Jason Bowman, ticketed


Chapter Theatre:

28 November 2012: Miriam Bäckström, Motherfucker, 2011/12.

Première of the artists play, ticketed



All listed events take place at National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

Guided Tours Daily: 2pm                                                                                                                                                 

Art Cart Every Saturday: 10am-4pm                                                                                                                             

Family Workshops Every Sunday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Half Term Big Draw with Artes Mundi: 30 October – 2 November 2012

Downloadable audio tours are available from the Artes Mundi website


Thursday Lunchtime Events, 1.05pm   

Performers from across Wales create unique responses to Artes Mundi 5, taking inspiration from the shortlisted artists’ materials, themes or countries.

11 October 2012           Indian Dance performed by Versha Sood and Madhu Mitra, in association with the  India Centre, Cardiff

18 October 2012           Live music, in association with Sŵn Festival

25 October 2012           Sinfonia Newydd perform five world premières of new music

1 November 2012          Artist Kathryn Ashill explores Mexican Day of the Dead

8 November 2012          Stories for grownups told by Michael Harvey

15 November 2012        RWCMD Jazz Time

22 November 2012        Live music, in association with Sŵn Festival

29 November 2012        Reading Aloud

6 December 2012          The Welsh Sinfonia perform the world première of a series of short pieces by  composers from RWCMD

13 December 2012        Poet Menna Elfyn, in association with the India-Wales Writer’s Chain

3 January 2013             Sgwadiau ‘Sgwennu’r Ifainc and Young People’s Writing Squads, in association with  Literature Wales

10 January 2013           Dirty Protest Theatre, commissioning new writing from Welsh talent


Friday Art Lunchtime Talks

12 October 2012, 1.05pm

‘An Introduction’ Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director Artes Mundi

19 October 2012, 1.05pm

‘The Museum and the Contemporary’ Nick Thornton, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Museum Cardiff.

9 November 2012, 1.05pm

‘Artes Mundi and Indian contemporary art’ Zehra Jumabhoy, a Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

30 November 2012, 1.05pm

‘Performance and the Exhibition’ David Thorp, Associate Director, Artes Mundi.



28 November 2012

Artes Mundi Conference: explores contemporary art’s shifting relationship with ideas of borders and the cultural politics of place, ticketed

For information please contact: Artes Mundi +44 (0)29 2055 5300 or

6 December 2012

‘Critical Mass Symposium’, (ticketed event for early career practitioners, recent graduates and students)

For information please email


About Artes Mundi: Artes Mundi is an international arts organisation based in Cardiff, Wales. Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is committed to supporting groundbreaking contemporary visual artists from around the world whose work engages with social reality and lived experience.

In 2010 the Artes Mundi 4 Prize was awarded to Yael Bartana who went on to represent Poland at the 2011 Venice Biennale (June-November 2011). The first Artes Mundi Prize was awarded in 2004 to Xu Bing, a Chinese born artist living in New York. In 2006 the Artes Mundi 2 Prize was awarded to the Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and in 2008 to the Indian artist NS Harsha.

Artes Mundi is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and by Cardiff City Council.  Other funders include The Colwinston Charitable Trust, The Derek Hill Foundation, The Myristica Trust and the Waterloo Foundation. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is principal sponsor of the Artes Mundi 5 Exhibition and Prize.                                                                                                                                                                               

About Wales’ National Museum of Art: Wales’s National Museum of Art opened on 9 July 2011, showcasing the full range of the nation’s world-class art collection under one roof at National Museum Cardiff. For the first time, the National Museum’s mix of fine and applied art, from the historic to the contemporary, is shown in a single series of integrated galleries, giving a new visibility to art in Wales and to the art of Wales.

The West Wing – six impressive new contemporary art galleries – is the biggest space of its kind in Wales. Previously, the Museum had only one gallery to display its range of modern and contemporary art, which is one of the UK’s most important collections. This development gives the Museum nearly 800 square metres more space to show the strength and range of art produced in Wales since the 1950s, and how this relates to the international scene.

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Arts: Developing substantive solutions for social and environmental challenges is at the core of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s mission, and the arts and culture platform is a key component of the company’s integrated corporate responsibility strategy.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch helps a broad spectrum of arts programmes thrive, encompassing sponsorships, community grants and loans to museums from the company’s own art collection. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project provides grants for the restoration of paintings, sculptures, archaeological or architectural pieces that are significant to the cultural heritage of a country or region or important to the history of art in order to preserve them for future generations.

Recent and upcoming sponsorships also include, Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (March – July 2012), Jeff Koons: The Painter & The Sculptor at Schirn Kunsthalle and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt (June – September 2012) and Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Modern, London, opening in February 2013. The company is Season Sponsor of the Old Vic Theatre in London, as well as Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which travelled to Russia and Italy this year.

Through the company’s Art in Our Communities® programme, the Bank of America Collection has been converted into a unique community resource. The collection has grown in size and scope in recent decades with artworks from numerous legacy institutions, and offers museums and non-profit galleries the opportunity to borrow complete or customised exhibitions at no cost. This helps to secure vital revenue for those institutions that may lack sufficient resources to fully curate and manage exhibitions on their own, and also guarantees that the collection is shared with as wide an audience as possible. Since its launch in late 2008, more than 50 exhibitions have been loaned to museums around the world. Shows in 2012 include Conversations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Shared Space, part of PhotoEspaña 2012, at the Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid (June – July 2012), Andy Warhol: The Portfolios at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (June – September 2012) travelling to the Museo del Novecento in Milan in October 2013, and Gaze: The Changing Face of Portrait Photography, at Istanbul Modern Museum (October 2012 – January 2013).

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