may 18 – june 25, 2002

curated by Angela Vettese

Opening: saturday may 18, 2002 7.00 pm

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with "Prometeo" - Cultural Association for Contemporary Art.

Adrian Paci is well known to the international art audience for his participation in Manifesta 3, and to the Italian public for being one of the finalists of the Premio Furla in Venice. On the occasion of his solo show at Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, the artist will present two brand new works, both entitled "Piktori".

In the huge space of the church the Albanian artist remembers a person he met in his hometown – a painter that earns his living by painting portraits and landscapes, and also false documents, diplomas, and certificates. Paci shows a video where the painter turns his back to the videocamera while telling his story and posing a few critical questions: How can a doctor with a fake degree claim to be a real doctor? Can you call an artist someone who sells his manual ability to others? And who decides what is art and what is not?

Adrian Paci tries to identify himself with the painter by setting up his own shop and massing there his art works. The same questions possibly come to mind: who will decide if this is art or not? Who will decide if he is for real or not? And how? An official certification of his death – manufactured in the original shop – will question nothing less than the artist's existence.

These questions go far beyond the playground Adrian Paci generally uses for his poetics – a continuos research for the identity and the memories of the exiles. They now have a larger meaning, strictly connected to the nature of art and the human being. A very similar approach is also the backbone of the second work: a big photograph of a stolen Mercedes in a typical flat Albanian landscape, with the door open and some quartered ovines in the trunk. The luxury is associated with the necessity to survive. What apparently seems as a disgusting image is actually a representation of the food in a place where even food can be a luxury. But the image has also a sacral quality: the lamb is the symbol of the religious sacrifice by definition, and an old question come to mind: what's the use of evil?

Adrian Paci was born in Shkoder, Albania, in 1969. He lives and works in Milan.

Selected solo shows: 2001: Bildmuseet, Umea (Sweden); Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Florence; 2002: GAMC, Bergamo; Irida Gallery, Sofia. Selected group shows: 1999: "Albania Today," XLVIII Venice Biennale; 2000: Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen; "BAN Exhibition," International House, Bruxelles; Manifesta 3, Ljubljana; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Kassel; 2001: "Short Stories," Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; "Videorom," 1 Valencia Biennale; LII Premio Michetti, MuMI, Francavilla al Mare (Italy); Tirana Biennale 1, Tirana; "Beautiful Strangers," IFA, Berlin; "Ostensiv," Kunstraum, Leipzig; "Killing Me Softly," Bildmuseet, Umea; 2002: It ain't Much but It's Home," BINZ39, Zurich; "The Horse Would Not Know but The Horse Can't Speak", Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice.


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