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Rapture (silent anthem)



Angelica Mesiti


1976 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, silent
    2/2 A/P [edition of 5 + 2 artist's proofs]
    duration: 00:10:10 min, aspect ratio: 16:9
    Signature & date

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

    Purchased with funds provided by the Viktoria Marinov Bequest 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Angelica Mesiti

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    Artist information
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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • 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

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