Artes Mundi, the U.K.’s largest international contemporary art prize, selected six finalists from a sea of 700 nominees for its ninth iteration. The short-list was announced in 2019—Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic), Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Prabhakar Pachpute (India), and Carrie Mae Weems (USA)—but due to the pandemic, Artes Mundi 9 was postponed from 2020 to 2021. It now opens online on March 15, and the exhibition’s themes are appropriately solemn. Taboos surrounding the Sino-Japanese war, colonialism in Puerto Rico, slave trade in South Africa, and coal mining in India are just some of the issues explored in the array of vibrant displays. The winner will be announced digitally on April 15, 2021. —E.C.
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