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Angelica Mesiti

(Australia 1976 – )

Citizens band
Other titles:
Citizens Band
Media categories
Time-based media, Installation, DVD, Video
Materials used
four-channel HD video installation, colour, PAL, 16:9 ratio, 4.1 surround sound, 21:25 min
2/2 artist's proof and edition of 3

dimensions variable

Signature & date
Signed Certificate of Authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Angelica Mesiti". Dated Certificate of Authenticity, printed black ink "2012".
Anne Landa Award 2013
Accession number
© Angelica Mesiti
Not on display
Further information

Each of the performers in 'Citizens band' has originated from somewhere other than where they currently reside. They carry their ties to their birthplace through their music: Geraldine Zongo from Cameroon practices water drumming in a Paris pool; an Algerian man, Mohammed Lamourie, sings and plays his Casio keyboard on the Paris metro; Mongolian throat singer Bukhchuluun Ganburged is seen recreating a time in which he busked on the streets of Newtown; and well-known world musician Asim Goreshi is shown whistling a traditional Sudanese melody in his part-time employment as a taxi driver in Brisbane. We may speculate on the places they have left behind and on their life stories, but Mesiti is not directly concerned with creating portraits of these performers. Moving away from an emphasis on individual cultural 'actors', the participants of 'Citizens band' are brought together across space and in time to affect a wider reaching communication and developing language of emotions.

Bibliography (7)

Nikki Columbus (Editor), Sharjah biennial 11: re:emerge towards a new cultural cartography, 'Angelica Mesiti', United Arab Emirates, 2013, 405, 406 (colour illus., video still), 407 (colour illus., video still), 408. not an AGNSW edition; author unknown; pg. 408 is published in Arabic

Juliana Engberg, Art & Australia, 'It's a long way to the top', pg. 620-627, Paddington, May 2013-Jul 2013, 624, 625 (colour illus., video still). not an AGNSW edition

Jeff Khan, New12: Katie Lee, Ross Manning, Angelica Mesiti, Bennett Miller, Kate Mitchell, Charlie Sofo, 'New12', pg. 4-7, South Bank, 2012, 4, 24-25 (colour illus., video still), 26, 27 (colour illus., video still), 28 (colour illus., video still) , 29 (colour illus., video still), 30 (colour illus., video still), 31 (colour illus., video still), 60. not an AGNSW edition

Jacqueline Millner, If you were to live here..., the 5th Auckland Triennial, 'Angelica Mesiti', pg. 126-127, Auckland, 2013, cover (colour illus., video still), 126, 127 (colour illus., video still), 213. not an AGNSW edition

Jacqueline Millner, Contemporary + Visual Art Broadsheet, 'Angelica Mesiti: being world', pg. 104-107, Adelaide, Jun 2013, 75 (colour illus., video still), 104 (illus., video still), 105, 106 (colour illus., video still), 107 (colour illus., video still). not an AGNSW edition

Dan Rule, Vault: new art & culture, 'Fragments of cinema: Angelica Mesiti's poetic video works embrace and subvert the cinematic device', pg. 6-7, Australia, Apr 2013, 6, 7 (colour illus., video still). not an AGNSW edition

Jill Sykes, Look, 'What to see in the 19th Biennale of Sydney', pg. 22-25, Newtown, Mar 2014, 23, 24.