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01 Sep - 31 Dec

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The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Art + Film

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31 Mar, 7.00pm, MCA

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06 Apr, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Telling Tales: Angelica Mesiti

Born 1976, Sydney
Lives and works Sydney and Paris

The Colour of Saying 2015
three-channel digital video, high definition, projection, colour, sound
25 minutes, edition 1/3

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2015
Performance originated in collaboration with and produced
by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2015

Silence is a powerful tool for communication, as are gestures of the body or the hand. Angelica Mesiti’s The Colour of Saying (2015) unfolds across three screens in silence punctuated by incidental ambient noise.
On the first screen, a silent choir performs the music of Vaughan Williams using sign language in place of song. On the next screen two retired ballet dancers articulate the choreography of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with hand gestures, their bodies no longer able to sustain a full-length live performance. On the third screen a percussion ensemble performs a Steve Reich composition in silence, broken momentarily by loud clapping. The artist has designed simple, stepped seating for visitors; it mirrors what we see in the three videos, making us a part of the action, as much as
witnesses to it.

<b>Angelica Mesiti</b> <i>The Colour of Saying</i> 2015

Angelica Mesiti The Colour of Saying (still, detail) 2015
three-channel digital video, high definition, projection, colour, sound
25 minutes, edition 1/3

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2015
Performance originated in collaboration with and produced
by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2015