Israeli humanitarian Yael Bartana secures multinational 4th Artes Mundi prize in Cardiff

By Culture24 Staff | 20 May 2010
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By Yael Bartana. Courtesy National Museum Cardiff

Yael Bartana has been announced as the winner of the 4th annual £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize at National Museum Cardiff.

The Israeli artist was chosen for her work during the past eight years, looking into consistently stimulated thinking about the human condition.

Bartana creates complex visualizations with photography, film, video, sound and installation, contemplating details of everyday living and its rituals against a backdrop of war and insecurity

"We live in an age where we are frequently asked to face tribal and territorial concerns and where national and regional boundaries are disputed with devastating consequences," said Professor Sarat Maharaj chair of the judging panel.

"Yael Bartana has continually found inventive strategies to question the abstract idea of a nation's collective identity – a question that is fundamental to the human condition.

"The high standard and welcome complexity of work by the eight shortlisted artists – across painting, photography, film, video, sound, installation and drawing – made the jury's decision a difficult one."

She added that the competitiors "deserve recognition and praise" for work exploring issues of national identity, globalisation, consumerism, propaganda and migration.

"From Kyrgyz traders on the Great Silk Road to Taiwanese factory workers, the lives of ordinary people around the globe are made real and unfamiliar cultures are brought closer to viewers in the UK by the artists of Artes Mundi 4."

Exhibition continues at National Museum Cardiff until June 6 2010. Visit Artes Mundi online for more on the Prize.

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