Australia at the Venice Biennale
March 19 2019, Sydney, Australia - Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition ASSEMBLY opens with the ‘Michela’ machine, a 19th century stenographic machine, modelled on a piano keyboard, which is used in the Italian Senate for official parliamentary reporting to ensure transparency within the democratic process. The machine’s inventor, Antonio Michela Zucco, was originally inspired by musical notation as a universal language.
Mesiti uses this device to code “To Be Written in Another Tongue,” a poem by David Malouf, which is then arranged into a musical score by composer Max Lyandvert, and played by an ensemble of musicians whilst performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that make up cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite.
The Australia Council
for the Arts announced Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition for the Australian
Pavilion at the 58th Biennale di Venezia will be a multi-screen installation
titled ASSEMBLY. One of Australia’s most
celebrated and internationally profiled contemporary artists, Angelica Mesiti
works across video, performance and installation. Mesiti has developed a practice characterised
by large-scale video and sound works. She is known for using cinematic language
and performance to explore stories of the individual and the collective.
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 Venice Biennale 2019 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.