Angelica Mesiti


Born Sydney, Australia 1976
Lives and works in Paris, France


Angelica Mesiti has long been fascinated by performance: as a mode of storytelling and a means to express social ideas in physical form. In recent years she has been making videos that reveal how culture is manifested through non-linguistic forms of communication, and especially through vocabularies of sound and gesture. While borrowing archetypes and stylistic cues from cinema, and using the visual language of film to present detailed studies of human subjects in heightened states of reverie or reflection, Mesiti’s works eschew linearity. Instead, she uses a rich, aesthetic treatment to uncover the transformative potential of all human beings, valuing the qualities of ambiguity and indeterminacy in their own right.

Exhibitions include When doing is saying, Palais de Tokyo (2019); Angelica Mesiti, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017); Relay League, Artspace, Sydney (2017); Tossed By Waves, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2017); Rock the Kasbah, The Institute of Islamic Culture, Paris (2017); Sugar Spin – You, Me, Art and Everything, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2016); The Colour of Saying, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo Sweden (2015); The Calling, Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, ACMI, Melbourne (2014); You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, NSW (2014); NEW12, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (2011); and Rapture (silent anthem), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2010).

Public collections include the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; The Chartwell Collection, Hamilton; Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Franche-Comté, France; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and UQ Art Museum, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Her works are also featured in international private and corporate collections.



Artist website


Angelica Mesiti

, 58th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Angelica Mesiti

When doing is saying
, Palais de Tokyo

Angelica Mesiti

Tossed by Waves

Angelica Mesiti

The Colour of Saying
, Carriageworks

Angelica Mesiti

The Calling
, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Angelica Mesiti

New Twelve at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Recent Works

Angelica Mesiti

Exhibition view, “When doing is saying”, Palais de Tokyo
, 2019
Photo: Aurélien Mole

Angelica Mesiti

Relay League
, 2017
Three-channel High Definition video, colour, sound
8 minutes 30 seconds (each), total running time 26 minutes

Angelica Mesiti

Tossed by Waves
, 2017
Single channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, silent
6 minutes 17 seconds

Angelica Mesiti

, 2017
Brass bells and steel wire
115 x 16 x 16 cm

Angelica Mesiti

Mother Tongue
, 2017
Two-channel high definition colour video and surround sound
17 minutes
Edition of 3, 2APs


Angelica Mesiti

A Communion of Stranger Gestures
, 2017
Published by Schwartz City and Artspace

Angelica Mesiti

NEW 12
, 2012
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art



From Australia Council for the Arts, 9 March 2018

The Australia Council is delighted to announce that Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg have been selected as the artist and curator for Australia’s representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2019. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the artistic team were selected by an independent panel of highly respected arts professionals. Angelica Mesiti is one of Australia’s […]

How We Speak

From Frieze, January - February 2018
by Tom Jeffreys

  ANGELICA MESITI’s films explore the myriad ways human communicate   There is more to language than speech and writing, for the artist Angelica Mesiti, communication is always described physically – by a living body or by the form of a mark or the echo of a sound – and it is always reached beyond […]

Angelica Mesiti

From National Gallery of Australia

9 September 2017 – March 2018 Contemporary art galleries | Lower Ground Free entry Angelica Mesiti has long been fascinated by performance: as a mode of storytelling and a means to express social ideas in physical form. In recent years she has been making refined videos that reveal how culture is manifested through non-linguistic forms […]

Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves

From The Golden Mean, June 2017
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Australian artist Angelica Mesiti remembers the chaos in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. From her home nearby she could see “gendarme on the street, heavily armed with huge guns and bulletproof vests.” As the tragedy unfolded, what struck her most was that the “people showed such incredible solidarity.”   The turbulence of […]

Angelica Mesiti: message received at Anna Schwartz and Artspace galleries

From The Australian, June 17 2017
by Christopher Allen

Communication is the foundation of social life, in animals as in humans, and indeed animal communication, without the benefit of language, is far more mysterious than our own: herds and packs of mammals act in unison, flocks of birds co-ordinate in a way that implies a connected or networked mind, and ants and bees organise […]