Theaster Gates, Renzo Martens and Carlos Bunga to Premiere New Works for Artes Mundi 6
This week Artes Mundi director, Karen Mackinnon revealed that Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition and Prize will feature global premiers of new work from shortlisted artists Carlos Bunga, Theaster Gates and Renzo Martens.
For this year’s Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition,which will run from 24th October – 22nd February, Portuguese artists Carlos Bunga will be unveiling a new architecturally scaled site specific installation entitled Exodus (2014). Bunga’s improvisational installations employ mass produced materials, cardboard, packing tape and household paint, to create temporary structures. Bunga’s new work, Exodus, will be installed at the National Museum Cardiff over a period of several weeks, and responds to issues of mass migration and diaspora.
Theaster Gates will present a new work commissioned exclusively for Artes Mundi entitled When We Believe (2014). The work will feature a group of disparate objects from different continents and cultures, each of which has been used as a vehicle for spiritual exaltation by different religious sects. They include a Boli from Mali, used to ward away spirits and protect crops and a goat on a unicycle used for Masonic initiation ceremonies in the USA, among others.
Renzo Martens will debut the first work to come out of the Institute of Human Activity (IHA), a project he set up in 2012 on a specially built settlement near a former Unilever plantation at Boteka, Democratic Republic of Congo.
From 1911, Unilever, an established patron for the arts, confiscated existing plantations and conscripted the inhabitants into forced labour in the area now home to the IHA. For Artes Mundi the institute will premiere a series of self-portraits made by Congolese plantation workers out of chocolate; the raw material they and their ancestors have produced for over a century, both for Unilever and the Belgian/ Swiss chocolate producer, Barry Callebaut
Other works by the shortlisted artists include Sanja Iveković, Gen XX, Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors (2013), Sharon Lockhart, Rudzienko (2014), Renata Lucas Falha (2003 – present), and Karen Mirza & Brad Butler The Unreliable Narrator (2014).
Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition runs from 24th October 2014 – 22nd February 2015, National Museum of Art, Chapter Gallery Cardiff and ffotogallery, Penarth.
The prize annoucement will take place on 22nd January 2014 with the winner receiving £40,000.