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.In Angelica Mesiti’s work, the space between the self and the Other becomes an experiential vehicle, with the protagonist as both transmitter and receiver, the whole taking place in a heterotopic space. This is a recurrent theme for the artist. Take, for example, Rapture, Citizens Band, The Calling, or equally In the Ear of the Tyrant, all of which illustrate the artist’s interest in notions of identity and performance within the context of a kind of “altermodernity.” More particularly, there is a focus on the unquantifiable social role played by music — and, by extension, sound in general — in our relationship with the world.


ANGELICA MESITI

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


EDUCATION
Masters of Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, College of Fine Arts, UNSW


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023
Tanks Artists Commission: Sydney Modern Project,Art Gallery or New South Wales, Australia (upcoming)

2021
Over the Air and Underground, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburg Scotland
ASSEMBLY, National Gallery of Australia (upcoming)
A Hundred Years: Australian War Memorial Commission (upcoming)

2020
Mother Tongue, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
ASSEMBLY, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom

2019
58th Venice Biennale, Australian Pavillion, Venice, Italy
When Doing is Saying, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2018
Relay League, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul, South Korea
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Bands, University Art Gallery, University of Southern Tennesse, Sewanne, USA
Proto Cinema: Relay League, Tbilisi Kunsthalle, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017
Mother Tongue, Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture commission, Aarhus, Denmark
Angelica Mesiti: Polyphonies, Basis Frankfurt, Germany
Angelica Mesiti: Five works, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Relay League, Artspace Sydney, Australia

2015
The Colour of Saying, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Colour of Saying, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo, Sweden
An Ocean of Air, Galerie Allen, Paris, France
Angelica Mesiti: The Calling, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band, Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts USA
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada
The Calling
, Ian Potter moving image commission, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia

2012
Rapture (silent anthem) Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day, 24HR Art Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia

2011
The Begin-Again, C3West Project commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and Hurstville City Council, Australia

2010
Rapture (silent anthem), Centre for Contemporary Photography (projection window), Melbourne, Australia
Natural History
, Gallery 9, Sydney, Australia
Heritage Park
, Heritage Week Film Commission, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia

2009
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Australia

2008
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Australia

2003
The Rockets Red Glare, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
The Musical Brain, Highline Art, New York

2020
The Future of Silence, Nam June Paik Art Centre, South Korea
Books at an Exhibition. An Exhibition in Ten Chapters, Busan Biennale, South Korea Force of Listening, Art Maebashi, Japan
The Blue Peal Of Bells, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Korea
The Future of Silence: When your tongue vanishes, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Points of Light, MAC Montreal, Montreal, Canada

2019 
Time Cubism, Gwangju Museum of Art, Ganwgju, South Korea
Australia. Antipodean Stories, PAC Milano, Milan, Italy
Here We Live, KADIST, San Francisco, US

2018
Moving Stones, Kadist, Paris, France
Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art: Divided Worlds, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia
DO DISTURB, Festival of Live Art, with Uriel Barthélémi, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2017
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything, QAGOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Moving Histories: Future Projections, dLux, Australia
ART-O-RAMA, Galerie Allen, Marseille, France
Playlist, cur. Fabien Danesi, Ange Leccia Art Cetnre, Oletta, Corsica
The Score, cur. Jacqueline Doughty, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Point Triple de la Matière, Fondation Fiminco, Romainville, France
Rock the Kasbah, Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris, France

2016
REBEL REBEL
art + rock, Musée des arts contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Hornu, Belgium
Prix Meurice pour l'art contemporain,
finalist, Hotel Meurice, Paris, France
LOVE... more than a fourletter word
, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Autralia
Unlisted, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Static & Silence, The Lock-Up Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Spirit Your Mind, Cur.Isabelle Kowal, Marie Maertens & Anissa Touati, Chalet Society
Chantiers d'Europe: Utopie 500, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Telling Tales, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hacking Habitat. Art of Control, Old Prison, Wolvenhoekplein, Utrecht, Netherlands
Invention, Memory and Places
, Musee de la Chartreuse, Duai, France

2015
Station to Station: Project by Doug Aitken, Barbican Gallery, London, UK
24 Frames Per Second
, Carriageworks, Sydney
Tu dois changer ta vie!, Lille 3000: Rennaissance, Tri Postal Lille
Cosmic Love Wanderlust: The Imperial Slacks Project, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney College of the Arts gallery, Sydney
People Like Us, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

2014
The Immigration Songs: Angelica Mesiti and Malik Nejmi
, MAXXI Rome
Open Museum/Open City, MAXXI Rome
Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York
No Sound is Innocent
, Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm
You Imagine What You Desire,
19th Biennale of Sydney
The Australian Club, Melbourne, Australia
Transcendence: Nell, Angelica Mesiti, Aura Satz, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
IMPACT, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia

2013
Everyday Magic, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Turns - Possibilities of Performance, Galerie Allen, Paris
Mom, am I Barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Seven Points (part two), Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA
Buyuhyn-wana: The transformative persona, Lismore Regional Gallery, Australia
Awakening Where are We Standing? Earth, Memory and Resurrection, Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan
If you were to live here... The 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand
Guirguis New Art Prize 2013
, University of Ballarat Post Office Gallery, Art Gallery Ballarat, Australia
Rendez-vous 13, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes Lyon, France
Sharjah Biennale 11, United Arab Emirates. Curated by Yuko Hasegawa
We Used to Talk About Love, Balnaves Contemporary Art Gallery of NSW, Australia
The space between us: Anne Landa Award for video and new media 2013
, Art Gallery of NSW, Australia
Seven Points (part one)
, Embassy of Australia Gallery, Washington DC, USA

2012
1st Kochi-Mizuris Biennale
, Kerala, India
Montevideo Biennial: El Gran Sur
, Uruguay curated by Alfons Hug
TarraWarra Biennial: Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia. Curated by Victoria Lynn
NEW12, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Volume One: MCA Collection (permanent display), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2011
17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
London Australia Film Festival (Artists Film program) The Barbican London, UK
Videonale 13: Festival for Contemporary Video Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
South by Southeast; Recent Video from Australia and New Zealand, 3rd Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Selectively Revealed
, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang Seoul, Korea

2010
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou Paris, France; Auditorium of the Ministerio de Cultura Madrid, Spain; Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany
No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern London, UK
Move on Asia, Loop Gallery Seoul, Korea; LABoral, Gijon, Spain
Experimenta Utopia Now; Biennale of Media Art, Federation Square Melbourne, Carriageworks Sydney, Museum of Old and New Art Tasmania, Australia
Nightshifters; Liveworks Festival, Performance Space Carriageworks Sydney, Australia
Hardbodies, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Australia
Time and Space, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Australia

2009
58th Blake Prize (winner), NAS Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship: Finalist Exhibition, Artspace Sydney, Australia
VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain
Souvenirs from Earth, TV Channel for Contemporary Art, Germany and France
Les Recontres International Berlin/Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany; Reina Sofia National Museum Madrid, Spain; Loop 09, Video Art festival, Barcelona, Spain
Event; New Moving Image Works, Artspace Sydney, Australia
Australia? Mildura Arts Centre, Australia
dTour/08 '09, d.Lux media Arts Regional touring exhibition

2008
Les Recontres Internationales, Paris, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
National Film and Sound Archive's Big Screen 08. Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Australia
Loop 08
, Barcelona, Spain
Face to Face, Australian regional touring exhibition, Australia

2007
Five x Five, Ivan Dogherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006 Game On, Next Wave Festival, 200 Gertrude St, Melbourne, Australia
Play: Portraiture and Performance in Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand
, Adam Art Gallery New Zealand and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia

2005
O.K Video Festival, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2004
Video Spell 4: Cartographies, The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
Work Rest Play (Escape)
, Imperial Slacks Collective, Artspace Sydney, Australia
720 x 576 Ate
, Phatspace Sydney, Australia

2003
Sidney Kahn Summer Institute, The Kitchen, New York, USA

2002
Desk Job, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Video, Film, Sound
, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney , Australia
Broken Hotel
, Tour dLux, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Projekt Issue 2,
Kings ARI Melbourne, Australia
Positive Overkill, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Surry Hills, Australia


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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
UQ Art Museum, The University of Queensland, Brisbane


PRIZES / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES

2019  

Winner of the 2019 Advance Award for the Arts

2016
Residency with the Centre National de la Danse (CND), Pantin, France
Prix Meurice pour l'art contemporain, finalist, Hotel Meurice, Paris, France

2015
Australia Council for the Arts, New work grant

2013
Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts
The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

2011
AFTRS Creative Fellowship Award
Arts NSW Quick Response Project Funding

2010
Sydney Underground Film Festival (Jury Award)

2009
58th Blake Prize for Religious and Spiritual Art
Australia Council for the Arts, new work grant
Cité International des Arts residency (University of New South Wales studio)
Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant

2008
NAVA Marketing Scheme Grant

2007-09
University Post Graduate Scholarship, UNSW

2002
RUN_WAY Young and Emerging Artists Initiative, Australia Council


SELECTED PRESS
2019    

Dee Jeferson, Australian pavilion at Venice Biennale will house poetic of pluralist, democratic society, ABC News, March 2019
Celine Garcia-Carré, Portrait, L’Oeil, May 2019
Jean-Marie Wynants, Angelica Mesiti, au-delà des mots, Le Soir, April 2019
Maxime Der Nahabédian, Angelica Mesiti, Quand faire c’est dire, Say Who, February 2019
Guillaume Benoit, Angelica Mesiti - Palais de Tokyo, Slash, March 2019
Linda Morris, Visual artist Angelica Mesiti puts unity into art for her Venice debut, The Age, March 2019
Andrew Bock, Angelica Mesiti finds poetry in motion pictures for Venice Biennale, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2019
Diane Nazaroff, UNSW alumna’s Venice Biennale entry examines the collective power of « the people », UNSW Sydney Newsroom, 2019
Hettie Judah, Meet the women taking center stage at the Venice Biennale in 2019, Vogue Australia, May 2019
Quand faire c’est dire , Parisart, Mars 2019
Roxana Azimi, La Biennale de Venise, un accélérateur de cote pour les artistes , Le Monde, May 2019


2018

Alexie Glass-Kantor and Haeju Kim, Angelica Mesiti in Conversation, Ocula, 1 February 2018
Coly Delistraty, Emerging artists to watch this year, Modern Painter Magazine, January-February 2018
Tom Jeffreys, How we speak, Frieze #192, January-February 2018

 

2017

Claudia Arozqueta, Angelica Mesiti: ArtSpace, Sydney, Critic’s Pick in Artforum, June 2017
Craig Judd, Review- Angelica Mesiti: Relay League, Artlink, 22 June 2017
Christopher Allen, Angelica Mesiti: message received at Anna Schwartz and Artspace galleries, The Australian, 17 June 2017
Steve Dow, Angelica Mesiti communicates via multiple sense in Relay League, Art Guide Australia, 18 May 2017
Emerald Dunn Frost, Hand-Drawn Review: Relay League at ArtSpace, FBI Radio, 16 May 2017
Katya Wachtel, Angelica Mesiti in Paris, Vault Australasian Art & Culture, May 2017    Lauren Carroll Harris, Angelica Mesiti recodes video art, Real Time Arts #138, April - May 2017
Emmanuelle Jardonnet, Nos cinq choix culturels pour le week-end, Le Monde, 17 March 2017


2016    

Six artistes sélectionnés pour le Prix Meurice, Le Quotidien de L’Art #1093, 24 June 2016, p. 7


2015    

Judicaël Lavrador, Tu dois changer ta vie! Beaux Arts Magazine, October 2015.
Toni Ross, Review: Angelica Mesiti, Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney, Artforum, Vol 54, no.1, September 2015, pp 405.
Maryse Morin, Angelica Mesiti, Citizens Band...Le sens de ce qui circule entre nous, ETC Media, Revue D’Arts
Mediatiques. 15 February - 15 June 2015. pp 62-63.
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, Angelica Mesiti: the artist who records a choir in song without a single sound, The Guardian, Friday 8 May 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/08/angelica-mesiti-artist-interview-sydney
Nicholas Forrest, Why Angelica Mesiti’s “Colour of Saying” Will Stop You Dead, BlouinArtinfo, 19th May, 2015
Andrew Taylor Angelica Mesiti explores silence in new video work at Anna Schwartz Gallery, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 14th 2015
Christopher Allen, REVIEW: Carriageworks, Sydney: 24 Frames per Second,

 

2014     

Christopher Allen, Lend Angelica Mesiti your ears, The Australian, 17th May 2014, pp.10-11.
Robert Nelson, Calling attention to ancient languages: The Calling by Angelica Mesiti, The Age, 12 February 2014 . http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/angelica-mesiti-hearkens-to-whistling-language-in-the-calling-at-acmi-20140211-32fv0.html

 

2013

Fabrice Bousteau Offensive Indienne, Beaux Arts Magazine; fev2013, Issue 344, p22
Columbus, Nicki (Ed), Re:Emerge, Towards a new cultural cartography, Sharjah Biennial 11 exhibition catalogue, (Sharjah: Sharjah Art Foundation, 2013)
Jacqueline Millner, The more global one is, the more local one desires to become Angelica Mesiti: Being World, Contemporary Art + Culture Broadsheet, Issue 42.2, 2013, pp.104-107
Dan Rule, Fragments of Cinema Angelica Mesiti’s Poetic Video Works Embrace and Subvert the Cinematic Device, Vault, Issue 3, April
Rosa Gubay, Art R&R: The 5th Auckland Triennial, Gather & Hunter
Nicholas Forrest, Is Angelica Mesiti Australia’s Most Popular Contemporary Artist?, Blouin ArtInfo, April 10
Audrey Hoffer, Australian Embassy Aims to Dispel Down Under Cliches, The Washington Diplomat, April 1
Christopher Allen, Wide of the Heart, The Weekend Australian Review, February 23
Hou Hanru, Christina Barton, Pascal Beausse, Felicity Fenner (et al), If you were to live here…The 5th Auckland Triennial, ex cat., Auckland Art Gallery, 2013
Jacqueline Millner Angelica Mesiti, 5th Auckland Triennial: If you were to live here…catalogue essay, pg,126,127,
Michael Fitzgerald, Angelica Mesiti: Prepared Piano for Movers (Haussmann), Photofile, Vol 93, Spring/Summer, 2013-14, pp. 40-47
Juliana Engberg, It’s a long way to the top, Art & Australia, Vol. 50/4 2013 pg.620-627
Jacqueline Millner, Angelica Mesiti, Rendez-vous 13, ex. cat., Institut d’art contemporian, Villeurbanne, 2013
Robyn Davidson, Citizens Band The Space Between Us: The Anne Landa award for video and new media art 2013, Art Gallery of NSW. Catalogue essay e-publication
Jamal Mecklai, Joy and hope in Cochin, The Business Standard, April 30, 2013 http://www.businessstandard.com/article/opinion/joy-and-hope-in-kochi-113040400532_1.html                                                                                                                      Joel Mu, Angelica Mesiti, We used to talk about love, Balnaves contemporary: photomedia. Art Gallery of NSW catalogue essay pg58-65. Published by The Art Gallery of NSW 2013
Robyn Davidson, Citizens Band, Exhibition catalogue essay. The Space Between Us; Anne Landa Award for New Media Art, Art Gallery of NSW, 2012.

 

2012     

Juliana Engberg Rapture and Rupture: Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens Band, NEW12 Catalogue essay, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Hayley Haynes, Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens Band at NEW12, ACCA, Das Platform, 15 May,
http://www.dasplatforms.com/das_five_cent/angelica-mesiti’s-citizens-band-at-new12-acca/
Brook Turner, New Artists Get into the Swim, The Financial Review, 5-9 April, pp 70
Andrew Stevens, Bold new strokes, The Age, 17 March
Dan Rule, Immersive Sensory and Spatial Environments at NEW12, Broadsheet, Melbourne, 22 March
Minu Ittyipe, Portraits From the Kochi Biennale: Video Artist Angelica Mesiti, NYTimes.com Dec 17 2012 http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/portraits-from-the-kochi-biennale-video-artist-angelica-mesiti/
Roxana Azimi, Une Biennale de sharjah tout en musicalité, Le Quotidien De L’Art, Numéro 344/22 Mars 2013. Pg 6
Victoria Lynne, Sensing Sound, Sonic Spheres: TarraWarra Biennial 2012, TarraWarra Museum of Art. Pg4-9. Published by Tarrawarra Museum of Art 2012
Andrew Frost, 50 things collectors need to know: Angelica Mesiti, Australian Art Collector, Issue 59 jan-Mar 2012. Pg 114

 

2011     

Rachel Kent, Abigail Moncrief, Angelica Mesiti: The Begin-Again, published by C3West and The MCA Sydney, 2011
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, The Begin-Again, Runway, Issue 19: Life, Winter 2011, pp.
Jacqueline Millner, Decentralising Cultural Capital, Broadsheet, Vol. 40 No. 2, June 2011, p. 141
Virginia Baxter, Re-inventing the city: Hurstville, Singapore, Blacktown, Manila, RealTime, Volume 103, June-July 2011, pp. 2-3
Annalice Creighton, Angelica Mesiti: The Begin-Again, DAS 500, accessed 12 May, 2011, <http://www.rococoproductions.com/500/500_047.html>
Steve Meacham, From drag king to Dragon town via Paris, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March, 2011

 

2010    

Angela Bennetts, Natural History, Runway, Issue 16: Disappearance, 2010, p.70-74

2009    

Ashleigh Wilson, For winner Angelica Mesiti, the Blake Prize rocks, The Australian, 4 September, 2009
Adam Fulton, How videos killed the painting stars at the Blake Prize, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September, 2009

 

2006

Aaron Kreisler, Faraway So Close, Listener New Zealand, Jan 14th, p49

 

2001    

Tanya Peterson, Serial 7’s, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts #47, summer 2001-2002