The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume gathers extremely diverse works (videos, installations, paintings, photographs and sculptures) made since 1997 by Albanian artist Adrian Paci. The works on view show the numerous interconnections that operate between these different media and means of expression.
Paci’s work is characterised by its capacity to create a tension between the conflictual and the marvellous. With a certain romanticism, he is conscious of the stakes at play between contemporary artistic creation and possible forms of resistance.
In 1997, Adrian Paci escaped violent riots in Albania to take refuge, with his family, in Italy. On his arrival in the country, he temporarily abandoned painting and sculpture in favour of video, thus exploring new cinematic languages and means of expression. His experience of exile, the shock of separation and adaptation to a new place define the context of his first videos, through which he attempts to discover the roots of his past.
“The fact of being at a crossroads, at the frontier of two separate identities, underlies all my work on film.” (Adrian Paci)
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