Artes Mundi, an international cultural event emanated from Wales, is designed to present and celebrate the best in the visual arts today by highlighting the unique capacity of the visual artist to communicate across culturl and linguistic boundaries, says The Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister for Wales. This year's Artes Mundi comprises an exhibition at the National Museum & Gallery, a public programme of related activity and a series of BBC television documentaries. The ten shortlisted artists are Janine Antoni, Tim Davies, Jacqueline Fraser, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lee Bul, Michal Rovner, Berni Searle, Fiona Tan, Kara Walker and Xu Bing.

This book is compiled of essays on the artists and their works. Artists' biographies, bibliographies, list of activities and events are included.
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Introduction - Tessa JACKSON
A New Modernity - Declan McGONAGLE
Searching for a New Human Image - Fumio NANJO, 南條史生
Janine Antoni: Present Absence - Martha BUSKIRK
Tim Davies: The View from the Border - Piers MASTERSON
Jacqueline Fraser: INVISIBLE; My Fur Cossack hat enhances my look; prozac - Anne BARLOW
The Cinema of Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba - Andrea VILIANI
Lee Bul's Realism - Charles GREEN
At the boundary of existence - beyond time and space: Michal Rovner - Barbara WALLY
Shifting the self, contesting the body: the art of Berni Searle - Liese van der WATT
Fiona Tan - Brian WALLIS
Kara Walker - Hamza WALKER
Dust to Dust: Xu Bing Then and Now - Richard VINE
Islands of the Floating World - Iwan BALA
Artes Mundi - Wales International Visual Art Prize
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Artes Mundi - Wales International Visual Art Prize