Perth Festival and John Curtin Gallery are proud to present REFUGE.
REFUGE features two poignant and timely works – Candice Breitz’s Love Story, 2016 and Angelica Mesiti’s Mother Tongue, 2017, both utilising the cinematic medium to present the complex experiences of their immigrant and refugee subjects through music, performance and the spoken word.
Australian-born, Paris-based Angelica Mesiti’s work offers unusual insight into the immigrant experience through an elegiac journey into the song and music of diverse communities displaced from their homelands and living in the Danish city of Aarhus. Exquisitely captured with the artist’s characteristically dream-like nuance, Mother Tongue has universal resonance, presenting a series of diasporic encounters between those who seek to belong yet also to retain and preserve a sense of cultural identity and tradition. Mother Tongue was commissioned by the Aarhus European Capital for Culture 2017 in association with the Adelaide Biennial 2018. Angelica Mesiti will represent Australia at this year’s Venice Biennale.