12–29 MAY 2010
In the exhibition 'Natural History', Angelica Mesiti engages solo performance and group activity as a way of considering landscape and our connections to it.
In the videos, situations are generated around traditional forms of performance such as playing music, reciting poetry and being part of an audience. Once located in the natural environments, these interventions ask questions about forgotten histories, folk myths, undead traditions and cultural anachronism.
She works within the traditions of video, performance and installation and generates material through a range of approaches including staged situations, site specific performative acts, re-enactment and documentation.
She has shown her work in exhibitions, video festivals and screenings in Australia and overseas. In 2009 she was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere travelling art scholarship and she was the winner of the 58th Blake Prize for Religious Art, the first time the prize has been won by a video work. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies and has taught at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. She was also a finalist in the 2009 Helen Lempriere travelling art scholarship. Most recently her work has featured in Experimenta: Utopia Now, Biennale of Media Art 2010 and internationally in projects at the Tate Modern, London; Ecole Des Beaux Arts Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Mesiti is a founding member of The Kingpins, a Sydney based collaborative group who have performed and exhibited internationally since 2000.