Fri 20 October 2023 - Sun 25 February 2024
20 October 2023 – 25 February 2024
With presenting partner the Bagri Foundation, Artes Mundi 10 (AM10), the UK’s leading biennial exhibition and international contemporary art prize, will for the first time present seven international contemporary visual artists across five venue partners in Wales for its tenth anniversary edition. Taking place from 20 October 2023 to 25 February 2024, the winner of the prestigious £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize – the UK’s largest contemporary art prize – will be announced during the exhibition run.
AM10 will see each artist present a major solo project, including new productions, unseen works and several UK premieres. Some artists are presenting across multiple venues, whilst every artist will have work at a location in Cardiff.
The artist exhibition locations for AM10 are: Mounira Al Solh, Rushdi Anwar and Alia Farid at National Museum Cardiff (one of the Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales family of museums); Nguyễn Trinh Thi at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea and Chapter, Cardiff; Taloi Havini at Mostyn, Llandudno and Chapter, Cardiff; Carolina Caycedo at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown and Chapter, Cardiff; and Naomi Rincón Gallardo at Chapter, Cardiff
Born UK to Colombian parents. Lives and works in USA.
Carolina Caycedo is a multidisciplinary artist known for her videos, artist’s books, sculptures, and installations that examine environmental and social issues. At Oriel Davies in Newtown, Caycedo will present a series of existing and new works including the premiere of the video, Fuel to Fire (2023). This brings the viewer into a pagamento, an indigenous ecological and economic fundamental protocol, that maintains the flow and balance of life cycles on earth based on reciprocity. Also presented will be the related Fuel to Fire: Mineral Intensive (2022 – ongoing), new large-scale coloured pencil drawings from an ongoing series that focus on extraction practices and their impact on the land. Process and participation are central to Caycedo’s practice – using embodied knowledge and indigenous and feminist frameworks she invites viewers to consider the unsustainable pace of growth under capitalism and how we might embrace resistance and solidarity. In My Female Lineage of Environmental Struggle (2018 to present), more than 100 portraits of female environmentalists from across the world, including women who took part in The Greenham Common march, are printed on a textile banner as part of the Genealogy of Struggle series that will sit alongside a selection of original Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp banners from Welsh collections. Connecting to the works at Oriel Davies, Caycedo will present a new work from her multimedia project Be Dammed (2012 – ongoing) at Chapter in Cardiff. Installed in the lightbox above the building’s entrance, the large-scale image and text work examines the impact of hydroelectric dams and other major infrastructure projects on communities and the environment.
Born Bougainville, Nakas/Hakö tribe. Lives and works in Australia.
Taloi Havini is a multidisciplinary artist using a range of media including photography, audio–video, sculpture, immersive installation and print, to probe intersections of history, identity, and nation-building within the matrilineal social structures of her birthplace, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. At Mostyn in Llandudno, Havini will present a major immersive video installation, Habitat. Shown for the first time in Europe as a new four-channel work, it continues her ongoing investigation exploring the legacy of resource extraction and Australia’s fraught relationship in the Pacific. Havini will also display a selection of newly produced photographs from an imaginary line (2018), a series of personal family archive images that the artist has transferred from Kodachrome slides into large digital prints. And at Chapter in Cardiff, a further new set of photographic works depict micro details of the mineral rich terrain of Bougainville.
Naomi Rincón Gallardo
Born USA. Lives and works in Mexico.
Naomi Rincón Gallardo is a visual artist and researcher. From a decolonial-cuir perspective, her work addresses the creation of counter-worlds in neo-colonial settings. In her work she integrates her interests in theatre games, popular music, Mesoamerican cosmologies, speculative fiction, vernacular festivities and crafts, decolonial feminisms and queer people of colour. At Chapter in Cardiff, Gallardo will premiere a trilogy of new video works – Verses of Filth (2021), Sonnet of Vermin (2022) and Eclipse (2023) – which explore Mesoamerican myths as alternatives to hegemonic ways of understanding reality, interweaving fact, fiction and friction in order to create a place between radical utopian experiences and surreal fantasy. Alongside the video installation will be a series of watercolour sketches, costumes and sculptural props from the featured videos including masks, outfits and paraphernalia animated with light and animatronics.
Nguyễn Trinh Thi
Born and continues to live and work in Vietnam.
Nguyễn Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based filmmaker and artist. Traversing boundaries between film and video art, installation and performance, her practice currently focuses on the power of sound and listening, and the multiple relations between image, sound, and space. Her work explores history, memory, representation, ecology, and the unknown. At Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, Trinh Thi will re-present the critically acclaimed And They Die a Natural Death (2022), originally shown as part of Documenta 15 in 2022, here newly reconfigured for a gallery setting. In making the work, Trin Thi was inspired by the auto-biographical novel Tale Told in the Year 2000 (2000) by Bùi Ngọc Tấn, currently censored in Vietnam. Referencing a scene from the book, the work comprises a wind and wi-fi system set up in Vietnam’s Vinh Quang-Tam Da area that triggers the sculptural installation of fans, audiovisual effects, sound, chilli plants and the haunting playing of the sáo ôi flute, an Indigenous musical instrument used by groups in the Northern mountainous areas. In real time, an immersive shadowy forest on the gallery surrounding walls connects the space in Swansea to the Vietnamese woodland. Alongside the installation at Glynn Vivian, Trinh Thi will present a screening of a series of films in the cinema at Chapter in Cardiff.
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