Artes Mundi 5

See the work of this year's winner, Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, and the other shortlisted artists in Wales' biennial £40,000 prize for work that 'engages in social reality and lived experience'.

Phil Collins, free fotolab, 2009 © the artist, courtesy Shady Lane Productions

Phil Collins, free fotolab, 2009

Shortlisted this year were seven artists who have interpreted the brief in very different ways.

Writing in the Winter issue of Art Quarterly, Fisun Güner summed up the runners and riders:

'A common element in Teresa Margolles' work is the water used to wash the bodies of those whose deaths have resulted from drug-related violence in her native Mexico, while Sheela Fowda uses a range of materials, including hair, to suggest social deprivation in her native Bangalore. British filmmaker Phil Collins subverst the tradition of confessional TV to explore how the dispossessed are often portrayed, exploited or given a voice, while Swedish photographer Miriam Bäckström evokes human presence by featuring interiors recently vacated.

'Issues surrounding state power engage Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, while Lithuanian Darius Mikšys encourages audience participation as a democratising force. Finally, Slovenian artist Apolonija Šušteršič works directly with inner-city communities to similarly encourage participation in her artist-led projects.'


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National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 www.museumwales.ac.uk

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