Is Angelica Mesiti Australia's Most Popular Contemporary Artist?

Is Angelica Mesiti Australia's Most Popular Contemporary Artist?
Angelica Mesiti
(Courtesy Kochi Muziris Biennale)

Anyone would think that Sydney and Paris based video artist Angelica Mesiti was vying for the title of most popular Australian artist. In 2012 alone Mesiti won the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission and had her work exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) as well as the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

This year looks like being just as successful for Mesiti whose work is currently being exhibited as part of the Sharjah Biennial and will also be included in the Auckland Triennal from May to August followed by the Aichi Triennale from August to October. She will also be included in the Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition “The space between us”, the fifth biennial Anne Landa Award exhibition.

Currently taking place in the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah until May 23, the 11th Sharjah Biennial is exhibiting Mesiti’s much lauded four-channel video installation “Citizens Band,” 2012, an ensemble of four films featuring performances by four different migrant musicians with unique musical talents.

In an essay written for the 2012 ACCA exhibition “NEW12”, Co-Director of Performance Space Sydney, Jeff Khan says regarding “Citizens Band” that: “As each portrait plays out, we are privy to an idiosyncratic and extraordinary musical performance, drawn from the subjects’ homelands, translated (and transmuted) into the new geographic and cultural arena in which they have found themselves.

“With a striking emotional intensity, ‘Citizens Band’ reveals the way that cultural memory is held in the body, and how its manifestation shifts with the body’s movement through space, time and culture.”

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1976, Angelica Mesiti lives in Sydney and Paris. Mesiti explores the difference between cultures, space, and the intersection of time through a range of mediums including include video, performance, and installation. She is represented by Melbourne's Anna Schwartz Gallery