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Videoart at Midnight #130: Adrian Paci

The works of Adrian Paci grow out of a search for meaning guided by inner needs, as an active way of thinking about the contemporary world. They draw on a deep familiarity with art history, combining the observation of social dynamics in our time with an awareness of the symbolic depth of actions, and an interest in the interpretive potential of images. Key motifs in his oeuvre include travel, passage, waiting—which is above all a state of expectation—and ties to one’s time and place of origin, which are not dimensions to which anyone can return, but rather deep touchstones that individuals must carry with them, to give even the most ordinary actions their full range of meaning.

Adrian Paci will show:

A Real Game, 1997, 9:00 min
Turn On, 2004, 3:50 min
Per Speculum, 2006, 6:53 min
Centro di Permanenza Temporanea, 2007, 4:34 min
The Column, 2013, 25:40 min
Interregnum, 2017, 17:28 min
Prova, 2019, 10:16 min
The Wanderers, 2021, 8:44 min

Adrian Paci (b. 1969 in Shkoder, Albania) studied painting at the Academy of Art of Tirana. In 1997 he moved to Milan where he lives and works. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions such as: Museum of arts, Haifa (2022); Kunsthalle, Krems (2019); Galleria Nazionale delle Arti, Tirana (2019); Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio, Milan (2017) Museo Novecento, Florence (2017); MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2014); Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea – PAC, Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); Bloomberg Space, London (2010); The Center for Contemporary Art – CCA, Tel Aviv (2009); MoMA PS1, New York (2006) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2005).  Amongst the various group shows, Adrian Paci’s work has also been featured in the 48th and the 51st edition of the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (respectively in 1999 and 2005); in the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); in the 15th Quadriennale di Roma, where he won first prize (2008). His works are in numerous public and private collections. Adrian Paci teaches painting at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti NABA, Milan. He has been a teaching art classes at Accademia Carrara di Belle Ari Bergamo, 2002-2006, IUAV, Venice 2003-2015 and EPFL Lausanne 2020-2021.


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