Adrian Paci

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Adrian Paci’s videos concern the emotional nature of origins. An Albanian, he has lived in Italy for five years but has maintained, both conceptually and sentimentally, his primary ties of family, friends, and culture. In his earlier works Albanian Stories, 1997, and Apparizione (Apparition), 2000, he focused on generational relationships. In the former his young daughter recited fairy tales, and allusions to real war were mixed with a battle played out by toys. In Piktori, 2002, Paci told the story of a painter friend who lives in Albania and reproduces famous paintings, forges diplomas and death certificates, and designs shop signs. We see him from the back, enveloped in cigarette smoke, while in a warm and confidential tone he tells about his life as a forger. As proof of their friendship, he drew up a death certificate for Paci.

Now, in Vajtojca (Mourner), 2002, projected on a large

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