apichatpong weerasethakul - artes mundi 8

national museum cardiff - cardiff
october 26, 2018 - february 24, 2019

apichatpong weerasethakul, installation view power boy (mekong), 2011.

Artes Mundi 8, the most ambitious contemporary visual art exhibition in Wales and the largest art prize in the UK.


The shortlist for Artes Mundi 8 brings together five international contemporary artists who directly engage with lived experience through their practice and explore contemporary social issues across the globe. This year’s shortlist spans different generations and cultures and includes some of the pioneers of current contemporary art practice on the world stage. They are:


Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Anna Boghiguian / Bouchra Khalili / Otobong Nkanga / Trevor Paglen 


The shortlist was selected by a panel of three international curators, Nick Aikens (Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Daniela Pérez (independent curator based in Mexico City) and Alia Swastika (independent curator based in Jakarta), who considered over 600 nominations from 86 countries before narrowing the list down to five.


The work in the exhibition spans four continents and a varied range of artistic practices. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s meditative and dreamlike films explore the ghosts of Thailand’s past, liminal spaces of memory and identity and shared consciousness and belonging.


The winner is announced on January 24th 2019.