Contemporary Arts

Angelica MESITI

Born 1976 in Sydney (Australia), based in Sydney.

After studying fine arts at the University of New South Wales, Mesiti engaged in site-specific work incorporating video, performance, and installation, and also producing works that mix in approaches such as documenting or fictionalizing actual events. She is one of the most exciting young artists in the current Australian art scene. In 2010, she took part in a group exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern, London, and then in 2012, she presented 《Citizens Band》 (2012) in "NEW12", an exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne designed to introduce emerging artists. This highly rated video installation uses four screens installed in a square space, and features four performers, one on each screen. The performers are immigrants, and each gives a skillful performance of music somewhere in the city where he or she now lives. A percussionist from Cameroon drums marvelously with her bare hands on the surface of an indoor pool. A street singer from Algeria sings soulfully on the Paris Metro to the accompaniment of an old Casio keyboard resting on his shoulder. A Khoomei throat singer with Mongolian roots sings on a Sydney street corner, while playing a banjo-like doshpuluur, and a Brisbane taxi driver from Sudan whistles a sad tune while seated in his taxi. Each of these powerful performances communicates the joy of living with music along with the complex realities of life as an immigrant. Viewers are drawn in by the music and videos, sensing the attraction of melodies and histories that, as this work hints, are eventually destined to be lost through migration between cultures.

  《Citizens Band》2012
courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
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