Pune based contemporary artist Prabhakar Pachpute has been chosen as one of the shortlisted artists for the ninth edition of prestigious Artes Mundi 9 biennial prize.

Selected from over 500 nominations spanning over 60 countries, the five other chosen celebrated artists are Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic); Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa); Meiro Koizumi (Japan); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico); Prabhakar Pachpute (India); Carrie Mae Weems (USA). The winner of the prestigious Cardiff-based prize will be announced in January 2021 during a four-month exhibition from October 2020 to February 2021 at National Museum Cardiff.

Image: Prabhakar Pachpute, The Song For An Assembly, (from Sea of Fists); Installation view, Art Jameel Artist’s Rooms, 2019

Pachpute works with an array of mediums and materials including drawing, light, stop-motion animations, sound, and sculptural forms. His use of charcoal has a direct connection to his subject matter and familial roots, coal mines, and coal miners. Pachpute often creates immersive and dramatic environments in his site-specific works, using portraiture and landscape with surrealist tropes to critically tackle issues of mining labour and the effects of mining on the natural and human landscape. Using Maharashtra as a starting point, the artist combines research from around the world and personal experiences, moving from the personal to the global investigating a complexity of historical transformations on an economic, societal and environmental level. He lives and works in Pune, India.