Angelica Mesiti – Tossed by Waves

<p>Tossed by Waves is marked by silence and languorous travelling movements. The camera captures an ambiguous procession of sculptural bodies, entangled and clamped onto a stone trunk. The monument is never quite revealed, yet clues, such as graffiti bearing the names of loved ones and messages of hope, suggest the present time.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>A meditation on turbulence and resilience from the perspective of Mesiti’s adopted city of Paris, whose motto ‘fluctuat nec mergitur’, translated as 'Elle est agitée par les vagues, et ne sombre pas'&nbsp;in French (She is tossed by the waves but does not sink). In use since the mid- 1300s, the phrase gained a resurgence of popularity with the Paris attacks in 2015. Since then, Mesiti has engaged with the Place de la République as a place of memory, protest, and perhaps foremost as a contemporary agora – the symbolic heart of a city standing for its democratic values. </p>