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Angelica Mesiti, ‘Citizens Band’, 2012, four channel video installationCommissioned by ACCACourtesy the artist, Galerie Allen, Paris and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Australia


Angelica Mesiti ‘In the Round’

Date 01.10.2021 - 19.02.2022
Location Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL, U.K.


In the Round builds upon Mesiti’s practice, to take us on a dynamic journey that extends through historical painting, musical notation, geological specimens and musical instruments. Mesiti consistently returns to communication and translation in her sound, performance and video installations, reflecting the struggle of communities to co-exist. Through her selection of the University’s collections, she has delved into nature and deep time, as well as ideas of cycles, resonances and rotation.

Anchoring this exhibition are the installations Over the Air and Underground, 2020, ASSEMBLY, 2019, and Citizens Band, 2012. These three substantial works offer windows onto different elements of Mesiti’s practice: from the communication of trees and the vision of bees; to the occupation and performance of resistance in the halls of democracy; to the migration of people, customs and music. Her artworks mine histories and perform messages, with sound, vocalisation and percussion running throughout the exhibition.

About the Artist

Angelica Mesiti’s (b. 1976, Sydney) previous solo exhibitions include National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2020); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2020); Australian Pavilion, 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); Art Sonje Centre, Seoul (2018); O Space, Aarhus (2017); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2015); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2014).Recent group exhibitions include The Musical Brain, High Line, New York (2021), A Story for the future, Fondazione MAXXI, Rome (2021); Busan Biennale (2020); Time Cubism, Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea (2019); Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2018). Her major works include ASSEMBLY (2019) – commissioned for the 58th Venice Biennale, Mother Tongue (2017) – a commission for the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus 2017, Relay League (2016) and The Colour of Saying (2015). She lives and works in Paris and Sydney.


About the Organisation

Located in the heart of the Old College, Talbot Rice Gallery is the art gallery of the University of Edinburgh and part of Edinburgh College of Art. It is dedicated to furthering curatorial research through solo exhibitions with artists who are given access to the University’s collections and research capacity, and also in the creation of conceptual group exhibitions. With two major exhibition spaces to fuel its engine –a 19th century, former natural history museum and a contemporary white cube –Talbot Rice Gallery is committed to the exploration of what the University of Edinburgh can contribute to contemporary art production and creative practice today and into the future.