Angelica Mesiti
The Calling

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

To conduct research for The Calling, artist Angelica Mesiti has travelled to the village of Kuskoy in Northern Turkey, the island of La Gomera in The Canary Islands and the Island of Evia in Greece where whistling languages are all still in use.

For these communities, whistling languages are in a process of transformation from their traditional use as tools for communication across vast lands into tourist attractions and cultural artefacts and are being taught to local school children.

The Calling is a poignant exploration of ancient human traditions evolving and adapting to the modern world. Mesiti’s work speaks to the tenacity and creativity of traditional cultures in the face of technical progress and environmental flux.

Angelica Mesiti, was awarded the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission: a collaboration between ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.