Welsh artist James Richards has been selected to represent his country at the 57th Venice Biennale. The news was announced by the Art Council of Wales.
James Richards creates installations from videos, sounds and images borrowed from other artists or from archives, producing lively immersive spaces. He lives and works in Berlin. During the 2013 Venice Biennale, one of his works was shown at the Encyclopaedic Palace curated by Massimiliano Gioni. In 2012, James Richards won the Jarman Award, a prize recognising a video work, and he was also nominated for the Turner Prize in 2014. The artist declares that he is “surprised” and “excited” by the news, while also impatient to start working on a new work for the event.
The 57th Venice Biennale will be opening from 13 May 2017 to 26 November.