Sydney and Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti has been announced as the winner of the $25,000 acquisitive 2013 Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts for her amazing and widely exhibited video work “Citizens Band.” Mesiti’s work was selected as the winner by Director of the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Dr Michael Brand, and the Head of Australian Art at the AGNSW, Wayne Tunnicliffe, in consultation with the exhibition curator Charlotte Day.
“Angelica Mesiti’s ‘Citizens Band’ is a highly resolved, moving and elegiac work in which the artist has filmed four people who all make music as part of their daily lives, said Dr Brand. “While they no longer live in their home countries – Cameroon, Mongolia, Sudan and Algeria – all are evoked through their highly personal performances which are modest and yet resonant with cultural experiences acquired earlier in their lives.”
The invitation only Anne Landa Award is administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and consists of a biennial exhibition and award for moving image and new media work. This year’s Anna Landa exhibition is titled “The space between” and was guest curated by Charlotte Day of the Monash University Museum of Art. The exhibition explores the relationship between video and performance art and features the work of seven emerging artists.
To encourage a richer and more immersive experience of the works in “The space between,” the AGNSW has launched a digital publication featuring artist interviews, video and texts which can be downloaded here.