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A closeup of a woman whistling, fingers in her mouth Angelica Mesiti, The Calling, 2014. Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery. Produced by Felix Media.
  • The Ian Potter Moving Image Commissions

    The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission in 2012 was awarded to visual artist Angelica Mesiti.

    Angelica Mesiti was awarded $100,000 for her project The Calling, an immersive, multi-channel video installation that was shot in three isolated communities in Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands.

    The Calling focuses on whistling languages, ancient forms of non-verbal messaging that are still used today to communicate in remote and difficult landscapes.

    The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) is an initiative of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI. The Commission provides financial support, as well as specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise to an Australian artist. Each commissioned work will also be accessioned into the ACMI Collection, sitting alongside works by major Australian and international artists.

    Following the first critically acclaimed Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), the second $100,000 commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists has been awarded to celebrated Melbourne-based video artist, Daniel Crooks.

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    Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.


    About The Calling

    To conduct research for The Calling, artist Angelica Mesiti has travelled to the village of Kuskoy in Northern Turkey, the island of La Gomera in The Canary Islands and the Island of Evia in Greece where whistling languages are all still in use.

    For these communities, whistling languages are in a process of transformation from their traditional use as tools for communication across vast lands into tourist attractions and cultural artefacts and are being taught to local school children.

    Visitors view 'The Calling'

    The Calling is a poignant exploration of ancient human traditions evolving and adapting to the modern world. Mesiti's work speaks to the tenacity and creativity of traditional cultures in the face of technical progress and environmental flux.

    This exhibition is the work of Sydney/Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti, winner of the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.

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