Meteors made of chicken wire and papier-mâché are joined by silhouettes of workers cut from steel in a bright yellow, pink and blue gallery greeting visitors to this year’s Artes Mundi 8 exhibition (until 24 February 2019) at the National Museum Cardiff. The installation, by the Canadian-Egyptian artist Anna Boghiguian, sets the political tone for the exhibition of five international artists shortlisted for the UK’s biggest art prize. The artists are “dealing with pertinent contemporary issues that affect us globally,” says the Artes Mundi director Karen MacKinnon. And it is “a very positive show about citizenship”, she says. Adding that while is political, it is “politics with a small ‘p’”.
The winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 24 January 2019, selected by a judging panel that includes the international editor of Art Review, Oliver Basciano; the deputy director of the Mori Art Museum, Katoaka Mami; the independent curator, Laura Raicovich; and the creative director of g39 gallery, Anthony Shapland.