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Citizens band



Angelica Mesiti


1976 -


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.


Other Title

Citizens Band



Materials used

four channel digital video, colour, sound


2/2 A/P [edition of 3 + 2 artist's proofs]


duration: 00:21:25 min, aspect ratio: 16:9, display dimensions variable

Signature & date

Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Angelica Mesiti". Not dated.


Anne Landa Award 2013


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Angelica Mesiti

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


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, Sydney, 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, Sydney, Mar 2014, 23, 24.