Angelica Mesiti wins 2013 Anne Landa Award - Art Collector

Angelica Mesitti, Citizens Band (production still), 2012. Four-channel high definition video installation 16:9, colour, sound, 21:25 min. Courtesy: the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney.

26 June 2013 | Video, performance and installation artist Angelica Mesiti has won the acquisitive Anne Landa Award for her evocative work Citizens Band.

Most notably a founding member of artist collective The Kingpins, Mesiti’s practice is about creating cultural interruptions, whether it is in the public space of a Starbucks shopfront, or the internalised space of the mind. In
Citizens Band, music is used as a vehicle to convey cultural history. The four-channel video piece portrays people of different ethnicities in the urban, western contexts of their adopted cities, expressing their heritage through distinctive musical techniques.

Employing films techniques ordinarily reserved for the cinema, Mesiti has an inherent ability to show people at their most human. The director of the AGNSW, Michael Brand, says of her winning work, “
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. 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”.

Established in 2004, the Anne Landa Award was the first $25,000 acquisitive award in Australia to focus on the moving image and practices that challenge the application of new technologies in contemporary art. This year the award was selected by Michael Brand, director of the AGNSW; and Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian Art, in consultation with curator Charlotte Day.

The exhibition
The Space between us considers the dynamic relationship between video and performance. Conceived by guest-curator, Charlotte Day, Monash University Museum of Art, the exhibition features the work of artists: Lauren Brincat, Alicia Frankovich, Laresa Kosloff, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell, James Newitt; and Christian Thompson. The exhibition will be on display at the AGNSW until 28 July 2013.

Rachel Ingham

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