Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Biography


Born Syd­ney, Aus­tralia 1976

Lives and works in Paris


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.


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Bib­li­og­ra­phy

Exhibitions
Available Works

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Tossed by Waves, 2017
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, silent
6 min­utes 17 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

SOS II, 2017
brass bells and steel wire
1151616 cm

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Play, 2015
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, stereo sound
4 min­utes 4 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Nakh Removed, 2015
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, silent
9 min­utes 6 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Silent Polypho­ny, 2015
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, silent
3 min­utes 33 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Some dance to remem­ber, some dance to forget, 2012
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion dig­i­tal video, 16:9, colour, stereo sound
6 min­utes 4 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Dance Hall, 2011
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour, sound
4 min­utes 15 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Water Sleeves, 2011
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion video, 16:9, colour
6 min­utes 41 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Library
News

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: mes­sage received at Anna Schwartz and Art­space galleries

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the foun­da­tion of social life, in ani­mals as in humans, and indeed […]

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Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti, Tossed by Waves

Aus­tralian artist Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti remem­bers the chaos in the imme­di­ate after­math of the Charlie […]

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Angel­i­ca Mesiti

9 Sep­tem­ber 2017 — March 2018 Con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries | Low­er Ground Free entry Angelica […]

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How We Speak

ANGEL­I­CA MESI­TI’s films explore the myr­i­ad ways human com­mu­ni­cate There is more to language […]

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OUR ARTIS­TIC TEAM FOR VENICE 2019

The Aus­tralia Coun­cil is delight­ed to announce that Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti and Juliana Eng­berg have […]

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Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti, Busan Bien­nale 2020: Words at an Exhibition

Words at an Exhi­bi­tion – an exhi­bi­tion in ten chap­ters and five poems Busan Biennale […]

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