ANGELICA MESITI at the National Gallery of Australia
- When 9 Sep 2017 - 2 Apr 2018
Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra, ACT 2600
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UNSW Art & Design graduate Angelica Mesiti's work is the focus of a major new solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.
The exhibition features five recent works and offers an expansive view of the range of subjects with which Mesiti has engaged. According to the NGA's Curator, Contemporary Art Practice – Global and producer of this exhibition Bree Richards, 'considered together, the suite of works presented at the NGA reveals how the artist bears witness to enchanted moments of inner life with her camera. Intensity builds through an accumulation of rhythms, sounds and gestures, flowing back and forth between individual and social space – from person to person, situation to situation, culture to culture.'
Richards has also written; 'in different ways each of the works included in this exhibition are expressions of being-in-the-world, with Mesiti’s subjects offering themselves to emotion, at the same time as they enact it. The arc of each performance, or series of moments captured on camera, cultivates for the viewer an imaginary of another place, suffusing the senses. Angelica Mesiti’s sensibility is poetic, lively and immediate – attuned to subtle relationships between musicality, performance and the visual image – and above all else, alive to the nuances of her subject matter.'
Mesiti's project is part of an ongoing series focussed on leading contemporary practitioners, and foregrounds the NGA's renewed emphasis on the moving image, which has continued into the 21st century as a prominent mode of artistic endeavour.
Mesiti's exhibition is the second by a UNSW Art & Design graduate in this prestigious new series with graduate and lecturer Ramesh Nithiyendran's critically and popularly acclaimed exhibition titled Mud men on show in 2016-2017.