Angelica Mesiti is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice combines performance with video, sound and spatial installation to create immersive environments of absorption, concentration and contemplation. Her works focus on disaporic cultures, transitory belonging, gestural communication, multi-cultural dimensions and sensory togetherness, introduced through musicality and movement. She lives and works in 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 recent solo presentations include When Doing is Saying (2019) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Angelica Mesiti (2018) at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Her major works include Mother Tongue (2017) – a commission for the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Relay League (2016) and The Colour of Saying (2015).
In 2013, she was the inaugural recipient of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, producing The Calling (2014), which has been shown at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Basis, Frankfurt; and National Gallery of Australia. Also in 2013, Juliana Engberg commissioned a new work for the 19th Biennale of Sydney, The Ear of the Tyrant.
Angelica’s award-winning work Citizens Band (2012) has been exhibited worldwide in biennales including Istanbul; Sharjah; Kochi-Mizuris; Auckland; Aichi and in solo presentations at MAXXI, Rome; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Her work is held in national and international collections, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Queensland Art Gallery | GOMA, Brisbane; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; FRAC Franche Compte, Besançon; and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.