Arts / ‘Major’ video works unveiled at NGA

“Nakh removed”. 

AS part of a renewed emphasis on the moving image, the National Gallery of Australia is launching its collection of five major works by Australian moving image artist, Angelica Mesiti.

A highlight will be the unveiling tomorrow, September 9, of Mesiti’s video installation, “The calling” (2013-14) in what the NGA says will be the first gallery exhibition of her work.

“The calling”. 

The five pieces capture Mesiti’s exploration of non-verbal communication, especially sound and gesture and “The calling” in particular explores the use of whistled languages in communities in Turkey, Greece and the Canary Islands.

This work will be shown alongside her work “Rapture (silent anthem)” (2009), “Citizens band” (2012), “Nakh removed” (2015) and “The colour of saying” (2015).

The NGA’s senior curator of contemporary art, Jaklyn Babington says: “Throughout her career, Angelica has explored the silent and the unspoken – the elements of human interaction too basic or complex to be articulated.”

Angelica Mesiti’s works, Contemporary Galleries, NGA, September 9 until March 2018.

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