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Adrian Paci

Artist Talk

February 24, 2017

Join artist Adrian Paci to discuss his work in relation to Pera Museum’s exhibition Cold Front from the Balkans. Paci will show his video Piktori (included in the exhibition) as well as his other videos. The talk will focus on various themes in Paci’s works such as mobility, displacement, nostalgia and the artist’s place within the system.

In his video works motivated by the experience of exile, Paci emphasizes themes of separation and adaptation. Apart from his personal experience, the artist reveals how the question of identity is conditioned by social and economic circumstances. Moreover, Paci repeatedly employs some of the themes of the 21st century such as globalization, immigration, exploitation and the transformation of cultural identities. 

Albanian artist Adrian Paci was born in Shkoder in 1969. He received his training at the University of Arts in Tirana between 1987 and 1991. He taught art history classes in Shkoder during 1995-1997. Towards the end of the 1990s, Paci departed from realist painting in favor of photography and video. In that period, fleeing from the political events and uprisings in Albania, Paci moved to Milan. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions such as Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea – PAC, Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina (2012); Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich (2010) and MoMA PS1, New York (2006). His work has also been featured in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2014); in the 48th and the 51st edition of the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (1999 and 2005) and in the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006). His works are in numerous public and private collections including Metropolitan Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MAXXI, Rome; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Paci teached at Accademia Carrara di Belle Ari Bergamo and at IUAV, Venice and currently teaches painting at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti NABA, Milan.

Free of admissions, drop in. This event will take place in the auditorium. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

Cold Front from the Balkans

Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Alenka Gregorič brought together contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Cold Front from the Balkans

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