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Title

Rapture (silent anthem)

2009


Artist

Angelica Mesiti

Australia

1976 -


About

Angelica Mesiti uses video and installation to frame the production and reception of performance in the public sphere. In 'Rapture (silent anthem)' the artist has pointed her camera into a crowd of youths enthralled by a performance that is out of view. The work is silent. This ambiguity eventually gives way to an appreciation of the slowed-down action that unfolds. The decision to focus on facial expressions creates a directness with the viewer and imparts a spiritual quality. This is further enhanced by the glowing colours of wet skin, and by the shifting gestures of the crowd as they collectively express the intense emotion of idolisation.


Details


Date

2009


Materials used

single-channel HD video, colour, 16:9 ratio, silent, 10:10 min


Edition

2/2 artist's proof and edition of 5


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of Authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Angelica Mesiti". Dated Certificate of Authenticity, printed black ink "2009".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Viktoria Marinov Bequest 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

99.2013


Artist information

Angelica Mesiti

Works in the collection

3


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Natasha Bullock, We used to talk about love: Balnaves contemporary: photomedia, 'We used to talk about love-and photography', pg. 8-39, Sydney, 2013, 18 (illus., video still), 19, 58, 59, 60-61 (colour illus., video still), 62-63 (colour illus., video still), 64-65 (colour illus., video still), 152-153 (illus., video still).

Nina Stromqvist, Art & Australia, 'We used to talk about love', pg. 653, Sydney, May 2013-Jul 2013, 653. exhibition review