Artes Mundi 7
Gallery & Stiwdio Seligman
21.10.16 – 26.02.17
We are delighted to be a partner venue hosting the Artes Mundi 7 exhibition opening this month in Cardiff. This will be the third time that Chapter has collaborated with Artes Mundi, a contemporary arts organisation, best known for its biennial exhibition and prize which features some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Chapter will present works by internationally acclaimed artists Nástio Mosquito and Lamia Joreige. The exhibition will also extend to the contemporary art wing of National Museum Cardiff.
The Artes Mundi 7 shortlist was selected by Élise 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. The exhibition will feature John Akomfrah, Neïl Beloufa, Amy Franceschini/ Futurefarmers, Lamia Joreige, Nástio Mosquito and Bedwyr Williams.
For more information visit www.artesmundi.org
Artes Mundi 7 at Chapter
Embracing performance, video, music, poetry, installation, philosophy and digital art, Mosquito’s work bursts forth with fervent energy. Originally rooted in the broadcast industry as a director and cameraman, his practice is both confrontational and deeply witty, expressing an urgent desire to engage with reality at all levels.
Nástio Mosquito’s exhibition for Artes Mundi 7 will include a new audiovisual installation entitled Transitory Suppository: Act#I Another Leader (2016). The installation revolves around a unique and absurd solution for a fictional country attempting to overcome its economic problems and transform itself into a world power. The artist takes centre stage, embodying the character of a despotic leader in a darkly humorous and pertinent exhibition.
Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Beirut. She uses archival documents and fictional elements to reflect on the relationships between individual stories and collective history. Her practice is rooted in the possibilities of representation of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, more specifically how this troubled past and present instability continues to affect Beirut and its people.
The works in Artes Mundi 7 all come under the title Under-Writing Beirut. Like a palimpsest, her work incorporates various layers of time and existence, creating links between the vestiges that record places, previous realities and the fiction that reinvents them. Under-Writing Beirut is split into two interconnected exhibitions both here at Chapter and that the National Museum Cardiff.
Under-Writing Beirut, After the River (2016) premieres at Chapter and is Lamia’s latest work in the ongoing project. Joreige uncovers the different facets of Beirut (Beirut River) with its recent and rapid transformations from dumping ground to a place scheduled for ambitious development. The work invites reflection on the interwoven narratives of the river, its surroundings and the people who live and work around it.
Joreige explores notions of borders and landscape through the location of the river in relation to the city and reflects on the diverse migrant population that has historically settled along the river’s bank.
Finally Joreige studies the potential for gentrification of this area; one of the few remaining unexploited spaces in the capital; with the rapid development of what has long been a derelict piece of land, into a place of interest for art practitioners and soon, a high-rise residential development. With the ambitious plans to rehabilitate the river, the ever-expanding city and the influx of refugees and migrants the future of the river is unknown, as is the co-existence of all the communities living in the area.