Rapture (silent anthem)

Angelica Mesiti &

Angelica Mesiti’s work Rapture (silent anthem) reflects on the spirituality and presence of ritual experiences in contemporary life. It’s a slow-motion video of young people in the crowd at a open air concert. The work transmits the quasi-religious atmosphere with various close-ups, capturing the worshipping eyes, ecstatic expressions and hysterical gestures of the teenagers, emphasizing their pure and primal emotions. The artist Mesiti manages to transmit the feeling of the collective state of the crowd, people 'becoming one' without capturing all of them in one frame. On the contrary, it shows their individual experiences, rhythmically and emotionally synchronized.

Rapture is a silent video that takes an experience of a musical event out of its basic context, making the viewer focus on the visual content of the work, and underlining its emotional and aesthetic intensity. The view, pulled in and fascinated, unintentionally becomes a part of this collective moment, which turns into a endless rapture. (Elena Vasilieva)

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About the video

Title Rapture (silent anthem)
Year 2009
Videonale VIDEONALE.13
Length 00:10:00
Format 4:3
Country Australia,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, no sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Angelica Mesiti
  • 1976 in Sydney, AUS.
    Studied at the College of Fine Arts, University of South Wales, AUS

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