Adrian Paci was born in Shkoder, Albania, in 1969. He studied at the Art Academy of Tirana from 1987 to 1991. Paci lives and works in Milan and covers the fields of video, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation in his oeuvre.

Adrian Paci deals with mundane and at the same time existential topics in his work. Whether filming a dozen people who are ascending an airplane staircase leading to nowhere (Centro di Permanenza temporanea, 2007) or re-enacting a death ritual (Vajtoica, 2002) there is always a tension between the ordinary and the exceptional, the real and the fictional in his pieces. Adrian Paci’s works are formed by an emotional sympathy for the individual. He is interested in getting to the core of a subject to open up a dimension of “the beyond”, which at times expresses itself in his preference for close-ups. Paci sees the vulnerability and fragility of humans as their basic condition, which confers beauty and dignity at the same time. His 
story-telling is compelling in its simplicity, while the outcome is often surprising. Paci is mainly known as a video artist but he actually sees himself as a painter. He elides the boundaries between visual media, between stills and moving pictures. Even if one looks at a painting as a frozen moment, the painting has internalized motion. As Paci once stated in an interview: “The time of the image becomes the time of the pictorial gesture”. The video work The Encounter (2011) on the other hand shows a man who places a chair in the middle of a public square and takes a seat on it. Several hundred protagonist approach the man and shake his hand. The simple and hapitual gesture of the handshake is repeated so often that it transforms itself into a meaningful ritual.

Adrian Paci’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions and publications; in 2013 he will show a new work at the Jeu de Paume Gallery in Paris, further he participated in the exhibition “Motion Picture(s)” in Kunsthaus Zurich in 2010, for which an exhibition catalog was published. Further publications worthy of notice include Adrian Paci by Kunstverein Hannover (2008) and another publication by the same title from the Galleria Civica di Modena (2006). All catalogs are available through the gallery.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Maxxi, Rome, Italy, 2015
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada, 2014
PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, 2013
Galeries Nationals du Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR, 2013
Kunsthaus, Zurich, CH, 2010
Kunstverein,Hannover, DE, 2008
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, US, 2005

Selected Group Exhibtions
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 2016
MAC Gas Natural Fenosa Museum, Coruña, Spain, 2015
MDE15 International Art Encounter of Medellin, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, 2015
Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea, 2014
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2014
XII Biennial of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2014
4 Biennial of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2013
5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia, 2013
MAC, Marseille, FR, 2012
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RU, 2011
Biennale of Contemporary Art, Poznan, PL, 2010
Habana Biennale, Habana, CU, 2009
Kunsthaus, Zurich, CH, 2008
Tate Modern, London, UK, 2008
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary ARt, San Francisco, US, 2005

Selected Public Collections
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
FNAC – Fond National Art Contemporain, Paris, FR
Fundacio Caixa, Barcelona, SP
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, CH
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, US
MoMA, New York, US
Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York, US
Seattle Art Museum, Seattly, US

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