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.
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
© Angelica Mesiti
Shown in 1 exhibition
We used to talk about love - Balnaves contemporary: photomedia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 2013–21 Apr 2013
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