Adrian Paci

Galleria Civica di Modena

Adrian Paci’s first solo show in a public venue in Italy, organized by Angela Vettese, was entitled “Raccontare” (Storytelling). Through the voices of women and men from Albania, including the elderly and children, the artist expresses a sense of distance that is not only a feeling of geographic remove from his abandoned homeland but also a sense of loss inherent to the human condition. Some of the works in the show refer to the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini—Cappella Pasolini (Pasolini Chapel, 2005), Death of Pasolini, 2005, and Secondo Pasolini (Decameron) (According to Pasolini [Decameron]), 2006—conveying the broader nature of Paci’s theme by adhering affectively to the poetics of an artist who fully plumbed the sense of loss (of values, the past, the truth, the sacred) and its historical and human impact.

The exhibition begins, ideally, with Albanian Stories, 1997, a video of the artist’s

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