Angelica Mesiti commission part of European Capital of Culture
- When 10 Nov - 17 Dec 2017
'O' Space Mindet 6 8000 Aarhus
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Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist and UNSW Art & Design alum Angelica Mesiti's new work commissioned as part of the European Capital of Culture program in Aarhus, Denmark is now on display in a major thematic creative program called Coast to Coast. Mesiti's moving image work considers an urgent and persistent question: How do we best live together?
It is a question that is relevant at a personal and private level and also at the global geo/political scale. From a contemporary European perspective this question has a particular and pressing poignancy, and additionally, this question has also had a local resonance in Denmark which has explored this notion through public policy and urban development projects since the 1960s. To make her work Mesiti has engaged with an array of people from different backgrounds to depict the variety of ways - life is being lived - in Denmark and more widely across Europe in a diverse range of cultural, social and economic circumstances.
As part of this project, Mesiti investigates how newly arrived people from around the world and from the EU community that has settled in Aarhus, have made Denmark their home.
One focus is on the public housing project community called Gellerup, that was built as a ‘new town’ in 1967, premised on a modernist utopian model of functional housing for families, which is now colloquially referred to as a ‘Ghetto’.
Mesiti’s work seeks to explore the many ways we communicate and interact. In this project, the role of languages, and music specific to the participants is foregrounded. The new commission features as part of a major survey of new works.
Read more about the venue 'O'-Space here.
About Coast to Coast
Aarhus 2017 is putting art 'Coast to Coast' in a series of works and projects that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region. These site-situational, context-specific and special exhibitions are made as new commissions for townships, art spaces and across municipal borders.
In the city's European Capital of Culture year program, the organisers also aim to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, by exploring the ‘word’ through a series of new text and sound pieces by some of the most highly acclaimed conceptual artists investigating philosophy, homilies and idiomatic language.
The European Capital of Culture year also examines the "Danish DNA" within the wider European context, encouraging artists to contribute to Danish reflections on contemporary society through transient gestures and atmospheric installations.
Mesiti's commission is generously supported by the Obel Family Foundation, 15. Juni Foundation and Købmand Herman Sallings Foundation.