Venice Biennale

Australia has been represented at the Venice Biennale since 1954  by many distinguished contemporary visual artists. The Venice Biennale provides Australian artists with critical international coverage, exposing them to key new audiences, markets and contexts. The 2019 Venice Biennale sees artistic team, Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg representing Australia at our pavilion in the Giardini.

Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale is a signature project of our international strategy, realised through significant co-investment from the Australia Council and supporters who are committed to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts across global borders. Become a Champion and join us in celebrating the impact of this international project. The May Champions’ Program runs from Sunday 5 May to Friday 10 May 2019 (Vernissage 8-10 May), or attend later in the year during the September Champions’ program; from Sunday 29 September to Thursday 3 October 2019.

Previous work by Angelica Mesiti

(Mother Tongue, 2017 (still). Two-channel high definition colour video installation and surround sound, 17 minutes 54 seconds.)

Mother Tongue explores a series of communal, creative activities shared across the urban, civic and residential spaces of one European city. Mother Tongue uses music as a way to sketch a portrait of society as we see it today, where individuals and groups seek ways to maintain their own cultural values while integrating into a new place rather than assimilating. Musical tropes like synchronicity, harmony, dissonance and discordant associations build to generate an image of juxtaposed realities. Mesiti has created a complex new melody where traditional and newer unexpected rhythms can evolve.

Photograph: Bonnie Elliot. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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Team Leaders

Team Leaders



Artistic Team

Angelica Mesiti 

Photo credit: Josh Raymond

Juliana Engberg 

Photo credit: Kay Campbell

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