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Angelica Mesiti [Videonale.13]

*1976 in Sydney AUS, lives and works in Sydney AUS and Paris FRA

Studied at the College of Fine Arts, University of South Wales AUS


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 The Line of Lode and Death of Charlie Day, 24HR Art Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art,      
        Darwin AUS [S]

2011 The Begin Again, The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney AUS
        South by Southeast: Recent video from Australia and New Zealand. 3rd Yebisu International Festival for Art
        and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography JPN

2010 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou Paris FRA
        No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern London GBR




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Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, 10:00 (3:00) min., colour, no sound, HD Video, 2:1 [Videonale.13]

Angelica Mesiti’s work Rapture (silent anthem) reflects on the spirituality and presence of ritual experiences in contemporary life. It’s a slow-motion video of young people in the crowd at a open air concert. The work transmits the quasi-religious atmosphere with various close-ups, capturing the worshipping eyes, ecstatic expressions and hysterical gestures of the teenagers, emphasizing their pure and primal emotions. The artist Mesiti manages to transmit the feeling of the collective state of the crowd, people ‘becoming one’ without capturing all of them in one frame. On the contrary, it shows their individual experiences, rhythmically and emotionally synchronized. Rapture is a silent video that takes an experience of a musical event out of its basic context, making the viewer focus on the visual content of the work, and underlining its emotional and aesthetic intensity. The view, pulled in and fascinated, unintentionally becomes a part of this collective moment, which turns into a endless rapture.

Elena Vasilieva

Angelica Mesiti