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Adrian Paci, Prova (Test), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 10 minutes 16 seconds.

Adrian Paci, Prova (Test), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 10 minutes 16 seconds.

Adrian Paci

National Gallery of Arts

Spending time in Adrian Paci’s survey exhibition “Prova” (Test) in the days following the earthquake that shook Albania in November 2019 felt both strange and apt. The artist, who was born in the northern Albanian city of Shkodër and is now based in Milan, presented a range of works dating from 1999 to 2019. Among them were two pieces from the photographic series “Back Home,” 2001, showing individuals and families who emigrated from Albania placed before depictions of the homes they left behind; Home to Go, 2001, a white marble-dust and resin sculpture of a hunched man weighed down by the tiled roof he carries on his back; and Il riposo (The Rest), 2014, a hazy watercolor of a young boy perched on a rock by the sea.

While these lesser-known works articulate the feelings of mobility and stasis that are part of the contemporary Albanian experience, Paci’s uncanny videos seemed to mirror the

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