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Citizens band



Angelica Mesiti


1976 –

Alternate image of Citizens band by Angelica Mesiti
Alternate image of Citizens band by Angelica Mesiti
Alternate image of Citizens band by Angelica Mesiti
Alternate image of Citizens band by Angelica Mesiti
  • Details

    Other Title
    Citizens Band
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    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
    © Angelica Mesiti

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Angelica Mesiti

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    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.

Other works by Angelica Mesiti