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.
Born in 1976 in Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Sydney and Paris.
Masters of Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Over the Air and Underground. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburg, SC.
Over the Air and Underground. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
ASSEMBLY. National Gallery of Australia, Camberra, AU. (upcoming)
A Hundred Years: Australian War Memorial Commission, AU. (upcoming)
In the Round, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburg Scotland
ASSEMBLY. Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
Mother Tongue. Auckland Art Gallery, NZ.
58th Venice Biennale. cur. Juliana Engberg. Australian Pavillion, Venice, IT.
Quand faire c’est dire / When Doing is Saying. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR.
Relay League. Art Sonje Centre, Seoul, SK.
Citizens Band. University Art Gallery, Sewanee / University of Southern Tennessee, USA.
Proto Cinema: Relay League. Tbilisi Kunsthalle, Tbilisi, GE.
Mother Tongue. Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture commission, Aarhus, DK.
Angelica Mesiti: Polyphonies. Basis Frankfurt, DE.
Relay League. Griffith University Museum, Melbourne, AU.
Angelica Mesiti: Five works. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AU.
Relay League. Artspace Sydney, AU.
The Colour of Saying. Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, AU.
The Colour of Saying. Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, SE.
An Ocean of Air. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
Angelica Mesiti: The Calling. Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Banff, CA.
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band. Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DK.
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band. Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA.
Angelica Mesiti: Citizens Band. Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, CA.
The Calling. Ian Potter moving image commission, ACMI Melbourne, Melbourne, AU.
Rapture (silent anthem). Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU.
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day. 24HR Art Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Parap, AU.
The Begin-Again. C3West Project commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and Hurstville City
Council, Sydney, AU.
Rapture (silent anthem). Centre for Contemporary Photography (projection window), Melbourne, AU.
Natural History. Gallery 9, Sydney, AU.
Heritage Park. Heritage Week Film Commission, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, AU.
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day. Dubbo Regional Gallery, Dubbo, AU.
The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day. Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, AU.
The Rockets Red Glare. Mori Gallery, Sydney, AU.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Musical Brain. Highline Art, New York, USA.
Borås Art Biennale: Deep Listening for Longing, Borås Art Museum, SE.
Books at an Exhibition. An Exhibition in Ten Chapters. Busan Biennale, SK.
Force of Listening. Art Maebashi, JP.
The Blue Peal Of Bells. Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, KR.
The Future of Silence: When your tongue vanishes. Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, SK.
Points of Light. MAC Montreal, Montreal, CA.
Autralia. Antipodean Stories. PAC Milano, Milan, IT.
Time Cubism. Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KR.
Here We Live. KADIST, San Francisco, USA.
Moving Stones. Kadist, Paris, FR.
Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art: Divided Worlds. Samstag Museum, Adelaide, AU.
DO DISTURB. Festival of Live Art, with Uriel Barthélémi, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR.
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything. QAGOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU.
Moving Histories: Future Projections. dLux, AU.
ART-O-RAMA. Galerie Allen, Marseille, FR.
Playlist. cur. Fabien Danesi, Ange Leccia Art Cetnre, Oletta, Corsica
The Score. cur. Jacqueline Doughty. Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, AU.
Aarhus 2017. European Captial of Culture, Commissioned project, DK.
Point Triple de la Matière. Fondation Fiminco, Romainville, FR.
Rock the Kasbah. Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, FR.
Telling Tales. cur. Rachel Kent. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, AU.
LOVE...more than a four letter word. Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, AU.
Static & Silence. The Lock-Up Galery, Newcastle, NSW, AU.
Chantiers d’Europe festival. Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR.
Invention, Memory and Places. Musee de la Chartreuse, Duai, FR.
Spirit Your Mind. cur. Isabelle Kowal, Marie Maertens & Anissa Touati. Chalet Society, Art Basel, Miami, USA
REBEL REBEL art + rock. Musée des arts contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Hornu, BE.
Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain. Hotel Meurice, Paris, FR.
Unlisted, Icebox Project Space. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.
Hacking Habitat. Art of Control. Old Prison, Wolvenhoekplein, Utrecht, NL.
Station to Station: Project by Doug Aitken. Barbican Gallery, London, UK.
24 Frames Per Second. Carriageworks, Sydney, AU.
Tu dois changer ta vie! Lille 3000: Rennaissance, Tri Postal, Lille, FR.
Nuit Blanche. Paris, FR.
Cosmic Love Wanderlust: The Imperial Slacks Project. Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney College of the Arts gallery, AU.
People Like Us. UNSW Galleries, Sydney, AU.
The Immigration Songs: Angelica Mesiti and Malik Nejmi. MAXXI, Rome, IT.
Open Museum/Open City. MAXXI, Rome, IT.
Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video. The Jewish Museum, New York, USA.
No Sound is Innocent. Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm, SE.
You Imagine What You Desire. 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, AU.
The Australian Club. Melbourne, AU.
Transcendence: Nell, Angelica Mesiti, Aura Satz. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, AU.
IMPACT. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, AU.
Everyday Magic. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU.
Turns – Possibilities of Performance. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
Mom, am I Barbarian? 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TU.
Seven Points (part two). Embassy of Australia, United States of America, Washington DC, USA.
Buyuhyn-wana: The transformative persona. Lismore Regional Gallery, AU.
Awakening Where are We Standing? Earth, Memory and Resurrection. Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, JP.
If you were to live here... The 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, NZ.
Guirguis New Art Prize 2013. University of Ballarat Post Office Gallery, Art Gallery, Ballarat, AU.
Rendez-vous 13. Institut d’art contemporainVilleurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, FR.
Sharjah Biennale 11. cur. Yuko Hasegawa. Sharjah, AE.
We Used to Talk About Love. Balnaves Contemporary Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, AU.
The space between us: Anne Landa Award for video and new media 2013. Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, AU.
Seven Points (part one). Embassy of Australia Gallery, Washington DC, USA.
1st Kochi-Mizuris Biennale. Kerala, IND.
Montevideo Biennial: El Gran Sur. cur. Alfons Hug. Montevideo, UY.
TarraWarra Biennial: Sonic Spheres. cur Victoria Lynn. TarraWarra Museum of Art, TarraWarra, AU.
NEW12. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU.
Volume One: MCA Collection (permanent display). Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AU.
17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas. Sao Paulo, BR.
London Australia Film Festival (Artists Film program).The Barbican Art Centre, London, UK
Videonale 13: Festival for Contemporary Video Art. Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE.
South by Southeast; Recent Video from Australia and New Zealand, 3rd Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alter-
nativeVisions. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, JP.
Selectively Revealed. Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Seoul, KR.
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) Auditorium of the Ministerio de
Cultura, Madrid, ES / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE.
No Soul For Sale. Tate Modern, London, UK.
Move on Asia. Loop Gallery Seoul Korea, LABoral, Gijon, ES.
Experimenta Utopia Now; Biennale of Media Art. Federation Square Melbourne, Carriageworks Sydney, Museum of
Old and New Art Tasmania, AU.
Nightshifters; Liveworks Festival. Performance Space Carriageworks ,Sydney, AU.
Hardbodies. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea, AU.
Time and Space. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea, AU.
2009 58th Blake Prize (winner). NAS Gallery, Sydney, AU.
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship: Finalist Exhibition. Artspace, Sydneyy, AU.
VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival. Girona, ES.
Souvenirs from Earth. V Channel for Contemporary Art, DE, FR
Les Recontres International Berlin/Madrid. Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, Germany), Reina Sofia National
Museum, Madrid, ES.
Loop 09. Video Art festival, Barcelona, ES.
Event; New Moving Image Works. Artspace, Sydney, AU.
Australia? Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, AU.
dTour/08 –09. d.Lux media Arts Regional touring exhibition
Les Rencontres Internationales. Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris, FR.
National Film and Sound Archive’s Big Screen 08. Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, AU.
Loop 08. Video Art festival, Barcelona, ES.
Face to Face. Australian regional touring exhibition
Five x Five. Ivan Dogherty Gallery, Sydney, AU.
Game On. Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, AU.
Play: Portraiture and Performance in Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand. Adam Art Gallery New Zealand and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, AU.
O.K Video Festival. National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, ID.
Video Spell 4: Cartographies. The Performance Space, Sydney, AU.
Work Rest Play (Escape). Imperial Slacks Collective, Artspace, Sydney, AU.
720 x 576 Ate. Phatspace, Sydney, AU.
Sidney Kahn Summer Institute. The Kitchen, New York, USA.
Desk Job. Mori Gallery, Sydney, AU.
Video, Film, Sound. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, AU.
Broken Hotel. Tour dLux, Broken Hill, AU.
Projekt Issue 2. Kings ARI Melbourne, AU.
Positive Overkill. Imperial Slacks Gallery, Surry Hills, AU.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, AU.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, NZ.
Australia Art Gallery of New South Wales, AU.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, AU.
Benala Art Gallery, AU.
Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), FR.
Deutsche Bank Global Art Program, DE.
Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Bourgogne, FR.
Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Franche-Comté, FR.
Geelong Art Gallery, AU.
Kadist Art Foundation, FR, USA.
Monash University Museum of Art, AU.
MAC Montréal (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal), CA.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, AU.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, KR.
National Gallery of Australia, AU.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, KR.
Newcastle Art Gallery, AU.
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, AU.
TarraWarra Art Museum, AU.
The Chartwell Collection, NZ.
UQ Art Museum, The University of Queensland, AU.
Western Plains Cultural Centre, AU.
PRIZES / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
Winner of the 2019 Advance Award for the Arts
Residency with Centre Nationale de la Danse (CND), Pantin, France
Shortlisted for the 9th edition of the Meurice Prize for contemporary art
Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts
The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission
AFTRS Creative Fellowship Award
Arts NSW Quick Response Project Funding
Sydney Underground Film Festival (Jury Award)
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
Nava Marketing Scheme Grant
University Post Graduate Scholarship, UNSW
RUN_WAY Young and Emerging Artists Initiative, Australia Council
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Garcia-Carré, Celine. “Portrait.” L’Oeil, May.
Wynants, Jean-Marie. “Angelica Mesiti, au-delà des mots.” Le Soir, April.
Der Nahabédian, Maxime. “Angelica Mesiti, Quand faire c’est dire.” Say Who, February.
Benoit, Guillaume. “Angelica Mesiti - Palais de Tokyo.” Slash, March.
Morris, Linda. “Visual artist Angelica Mesiti puts unity into art for her Venice debut.” The Age, March.
Bock, Andrew. “Angelica Mesiti finds poetry in motion pictures for Venice Biennale.”The Sydney Morning Herald, May.
Nazaroff, Diane. “UNSW alumna’s Venice Biennale entry examines the collective power of « the people ».” UNSW Sydney Newsroom.
Judah, Hettie. “Meet the women taking center stage at the Venice Biennale in 2019.” Vogue Australia, May.
“Quand faire c’est dire.” Parisart, Mars.
Azimi, Roxana. “La Biennale de Venise, un accélérateur de cote pour les artistes.” Le Monde, May.
Glass-Kantor, Alexie and Kim, Haeju. “Angelica Mesiti in Conversation.”Ocula, February 1.
Delistraty, Coly. “Emerging artists to watch this year.” Modern Painter Magazine, January-February.
Jeffreys, Tom. “How we speak.” Frieze, n°192, January-February.
Arozqueta, Claudia. “Angelica Mesiti: ArtSpace, Sydney.”Critic’s Pick in Artforum, June.
Judd, Craig. “Review- Angelica Mesiti: Relay League,” Artlink, June 22.
Allen, Christopher. “Angelica Mesiti: message received at Anna Schwartz and Artspace galleries,” The Australian, June 17.
Dow, Steve. “Angelica Mesiti communicates via multiple sense in Relay League.” Art Guide Australia, May 18.
Dunn Frost, Emerald.“Hand-Drawn Review: Relay League at ArtSpace.” FBI Radio, May 16.
Wachtel, Katya. “Angelica Mesiti in Paris.” Vault Australasian Art & Culture, May.
Carroll Harris, Lauren. “Angelica Mesiti recodes video art.” Real Time Arts, n°138, April - May 2017
Jardonnet, Emmanuelle.“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, n°1093, p. 7, June 24.
Lavrador, Judicaël. “Tu dois changer ta vie!” Beaux Arts Magazine, October.
Ross, Toni. “Review: Angelica Mesiti, Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney.”Artforum, vol.54, n°1, p.405, September.
Morin, Maryse. “Angelica Mesiti, Citizens Band...Le sens de ce qui circule entre nous.” ETC Media, Revue D’Arts
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Sebag-Montefiore, Clarissa. “Angelica Mesiti: the artist who records a choir in song without a single sound.” The Guardian, May 8. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/08/angelica-mesiti-artist-interview-sydney
Forrest, Nicholas. “Why Angelica Mesiti’s “Colour of Saying” Will Stop You Dead.” BlouinArtinfo, May 19.
Taylor, Andrew. “Angelica Mesiti explores silence in new video work at Anna Schwartz Gallery.” The Sydney Mornin Herald, April 14.
Allen, Christopher. “REVIEW: Carriageworks, Sydney: 24 Frames per Second.”
2014 Allen, Christopher. “Lend Angelica Mesiti your ears.” The Australian, p.10-11, May 17.
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Davidson, Robyn. ‘Citizens Band’ The Space Between Us: The Anne Landa award for video and new media art 2013, Art Gallery of NSW.
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Engberg, Juliana. “Rapture and Rupture: Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens Band.” NEW12, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
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