The shortlist for the fourth Artes Mundi prize was announced on Thursday 8 October 2009. The shortlisted artists were:
- Yael Bartana (Israel; uses photography, film, video, sound and installation)
- Fernando Bryce (Peru; painter who now works primarily in Indian ink)
- Ergin Çavuşoğlu (Bulgaria; film and video installations inspired by a shifting, global society)
- Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan; photography, film, installation)
- Olga Chernysheva (Russia; films, photographs, drawings and objects exploring contemporary Russia)
- Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev (Kyrgyzstan; video and photographic installations exploring post-Communism in modern Russia and central Asia)
- Adrian Paci (Albania; film, photography and painting deals with politics and migration)
Founding artistic director Tessa Jackson said: "The purpose of this prize is not only to recognise deserving talent, but also to introduce a wider range of artists to the British art scene, extending their reach and broadening our horizons.
"The strength of the work, in relation to its content and the referencing of cultures unfamiliar to many of us, provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore the world's art and artists."
The selected artists' work debated many of today's big issues. Man's destruction of the environment, AIDS' destruction of man and the problems of marginalised societies were just three of the issues reflected upon.
Read more on the competition, exhibition and prize, or explore the work of 2010's shortlisted artists.
Photo gallery depicting some of the works of the 2010 shortlisted artists.