Angelica Mesiti is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists working across video, performance, and installation. She splits her creative annual calendar between Paris and Sydney, having residences and studios in both cities.
Mesiti has become best-known for video works that use cinematic conventions and performance languages as a means of responding to personal histories and specific environments. Recent projects, including the internationally acclaimed, Citizen’s Band and The Colour of Saying, focused on traditional music, dance performance, narrative, the ballad, and oral story telling traditions.
Mesiti’s creative energies have been applied to working as a solo practitioner, a member of an artist collective, and a founding of an artist-run initiative.
Her solo projects include the C3West commission The Begin-Again through the MCA and Hurstville City Council, shows at 24Hr Art Darwin, Gallery 9 Sydney, and Broken Hill Regional Gallery. Mesiti's work has been shown in Australia and overseas including: NEW12, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Volume One MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Seventeenth International Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paolo, Brasil; London Australia Film Festival, The Barbican, London, UK; Videonale 13 Festival for Contemporary Video Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; South by Southeast, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan; Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Seoul, South Korea; Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Auditorium of the Ministerio de Cultura Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London.
Mesiti is a member of the award-winning performance group, The Kingpins, who have exhibited and performed in museums nationally and overseas including: The Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris; Liverpool Biennial, UK; The Palais de Tokyo and Nuit Blanche-Paris; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Transmodern Age Festival, Maryland, Baltimore, USA; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and SuperDeluxe, Tokyo.
Mesiti was also a founding member of the Sydney-based artist-run initiative Imperial Slacks, where at she curated the two part video publication Serial 7’s.