Venice Biennale

Australia At La Biennale Di Venezia

13 January 2020: Angelica Mesiti’s ‘ASSEMBLY’ will be making its first stop after Venice at Arnolfini  in the UK.

8 May 2019: Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY officially opened in the Australian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

‘The piece is breath-taking – beautiful and powerfully sophisticated, and nourishing in a very important way.’ 
Exhibition visitor

‘The best Australian Pavilion I have ever seen – and you can quote me on that!’ 
Exhibition visitor

‘A very sophisticated expression of Australia’s complex cultural identity’ 
Exhibition visitor 

‘Australian artist Angelica Mesiti uses film to examine ways citizens can assemble and communicate against the backdrop of fragile democracy.’ – Associated Press

‘Complicated and fascinating… Angelica Mesiti dramatizes the dissolution of old orders, power structures and aesthetic ideologies, dissolved into the liquid of rhythm and dance and a momentarily (and perhaps imaginary) utopia of communion.’ – Washington Post

‘With great sensitivity, she has portrayed the talent and individuality of various members of migrant and refugee communities via performances of rare beauty.’ – Frieze UK

 


Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a new three-channel video installed within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre. ASSEMBLY establishes as an evolving set of translations from the written word to stenographic codes then music, and performance. Filmed in the Senate chambers of Italy and Australia, the three screens of ASSEMBLY travel through the corridors, meeting rooms and parliaments of government while performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that constitute cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite, demonstrating the strength and creativity of a plural community.

Commissioner for Australia, Australia Council Chair Sam Walsh AO, said, “Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY continues Australia’s important contribution to contemporary visual arts and to this very significant international exhibition. “Angelica Mesiti has created an important new work that depicts the many faces of modern Australia, the fragility of the human condition, and our need in difficult times, to come together to share, celebrate and gain strength. We expect ASSEMBLY will resonate for international and Australian audiences alike.”

The Australia Council for the Arts announced Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at Biennale Arte 2019 will be a multi-screen installation titled ASSEMBLY. One of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally profiled contemporary artists, Angelica Mesiti works across video, performance and installation.  Mesiti has developed a practice characterised by large-scale video and sound works. She is known for using cinematic language and performance to explore stories of the individual and the collective.

Australia has been represented at the La Biennale di Venezia since 1954 by many distinguished contemporary visual artists. La Biennale di Venezia provides Australian artists with critical international coverage, exposing them to key new audiences, markets and contexts. The Biennale Arte 2019 sees artistic team, Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg representing Australia at our pavilion in the Giardini.

Australia’s representation at the La Biennale di Venezia is a signature project of our international strategy, realised through significant co-investment from the Australia Council and supporters who are committed to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts across global borders. Become a Champion and join us in celebrating the impact of this international project. The May Champions’ Program runs from Sunday 5 May to Friday 10 May 2019 (Vernissage 8-10 May), or attend later in the year during the September Champions’ program; from Sunday 29 September to Thursday 3 October 2019.

Artistic Team 2019

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Artistic Team 2019 –
Angelica Mesiti

Artistic Team 2019 –
Angelica Mesiti

Angelica Mesiti (b. 1976) lives and works between Paris and Sydney. She is currently presenting a solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo Paris, and has previously held solo exhibitions at MAXXI Rome, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, O Space, Aarhus, Williams College Museum of Art Massachusetts, and Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen. Her work is held in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, FRAC Franche-Compté France, and Kadist Art Foundation Paris/San Francisco.

Angelica Mesiti is represented in Australia by Anna Schwartz Gallery and in Paris by Galerie Allen.

Artistic Team 2019 – Juliana Engberg

Artistic Team 2019 – Juliana Engberg

Juliana Engberg is a curator, writer and cultural producer. Her recent projects include being programme director and commissioner of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017; artistic director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire; artistic director at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; curator of the visual arts programmes of the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals; and artistic director of the Melbourne International Biennial: Signs of Life.

Her book En Route is published by MUP. She is a fellow of Goodenough College, London; adjunct professor at RMIT University, Melbourne and a professional fellow at Monash University, Melbourne in the faculties of Architecture, Art and Design.

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Biennale Arte

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Biennale Arte 1954 – Sidney Nolan OM

Biennale Arte 1954 – Sidney Nolan OM

Artist(s):Sidney Nolan, Daryl Lindsay
Curator:
Commissioner:Sidney Nolan, Daryl Lindsay
Exhibition:

Australia began its representation at the Venice Biennale by providing a stage to three giants of Australian contemporary art at a particularly important moment in its history. The works of Sydney Nolan, Russell Drysale and William Dobell took on a personal and haunting expressiveness, using a poetic imagination to create uncompromising Australian legends. Image credits: Sidney Nolan, Constable Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, 1946 enamel paint on composition board, 90.7 x 121.2 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Sunday Reed 1977. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia

Image credits: Sidney Nolan, Constable Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, 1946 enamel paint on composition board, 90.7 x 121.2 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Sunday Reed 1977. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia

Biennale Arte 2019: Angelica Mesiti

Biennale Arte 2019: Angelica Mesiti

Artist(s): Angelica Mesiti
Curator: Juliana Engberg
Commissioner: Australia Council for the Arts
Exhibition:

ASSEMBLY“ASSEMBLYengages with sound, music, performance, choreography and the moving image” said Angelica Mesiti, “and I use these forms of expression to explore the musical tropes of polyphony, cacophony, dissonance and harmony which, in the film installation I am creating, can be understood as metaphors for the range of dynamics within a democratic system.” Angelica Mesiti, ASSEMBLY , 2019 (production still ) three – channel video installation in architectural amphitheater. HD video projections, colour, six – channel mono sound, 25 mins, dimensions variable.

Image Credit © Photography: Josh Raymond

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Co-Investing to Deliver Australia’s Representation at La Biennale Di Venezia

Australia’s representation at La Biennale di Venezia is realised through a long standing co-investment project managed by the Australia Council for the Arts. The generosity and passion of the individuals and organisations who share our commitment to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts globally ensures the continued success of Australia at Venice.