Angelica Mesiti is one of the leading Australian artists of her generation, with a body of work characterised by scientific reflection and historical research and formally involving aspects of music, dance and performance. Working with video as a space of encounter, Mesiti’s multi-sensory installations transform their environments, and at Talbot Rice Gallery will be activated against the inherent contradictions of the building’s neo-classical and contemporary galleries. The exhibition, part of the Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh International Festival in 2021, will be the most in-depth exploration of her practice yet held in Europe and the UK; and includes works made for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019, as well as new work commissioned for the Busan Biennale during the pandemic.
Presented across all of Talbot Rice Gallery’s exhibition spaces and drawing on the research initiatives of Edinburgh College of Art, the exhibition broaches subjects from legal infrastructure to the language of plants, and reflects the paradox of human isolation in tandem with collective action emerging from the 2020 pandemic.
Angelica Mesiti has previously held solo exhibitions at MAXXI Rome, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, O Space, Aarhus, Williams College Museum of Art Massachusetts, and Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen. Recent solo presentations include When Doing is Saying (2019) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Angelica Mesiti (2018) at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Her major works include Assembly (2019) – commissioned for the Australia Pavilion at 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.
Exhibition Guide with texts by Tessa Giblin & James Clegg will be published on occasion of the exhibition.