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La figura femminile nel lavoro di Adrian Paci

  • Author: Paola Nicolin
  • Year: 2014
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 86
  • Price: 8.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-125-9
  • Size: cm 12 x 18
  • Illustrations: 22

In his works Adrian Paci creates stories in pictures that blend the uniqueness of everyday experience with the history of painting, film and literature. He reflects on issues like loss and migration: people abandoning their homelands and embarking on a quest for a personal and geographical alternative. Paci works with photography, sculpture and video, using different techniques and materials which enable him to achieve considerable freedom of expression and style.
Against the backdrop of these narratives he often inserts or simply evokes the presence of one or more female figures that do not appear to play a distinct role but rather embody a mystery that the artist chooses not to reveal. But what is the role of the female figure in this fascinating visual era?
She sprang a desire to explore this aspect of Paci's work by analysing a selection of works on the theme. The book, which features a new piece by the artist, is the result of a dialogue between Paci and Paola Nicolin: an opportunity to reflect on the visible or invisible presence of a female figure that adds a human element to the narrative. In Paci's art women are often entrusted with the task of preserving memories and traditions, and being the focal point for the interwoven stories that contribute to constructing our constantly shifting identity: the alternation of crisis, alienation, abandonment and return that characterises human existence.

  • About the author
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Paola Nicolin (1976), contemporary art historian, teaches visual arts at Bocconi University in Milan and combines her research activities with criticism and curating. From 2007 to 2011 she was art editor of the magazine Abitare. Author of Palais de Tokyo (2006), Castelli di Carte. La XIV Triennale, Milano 1968 (2011) and Being Cattelan (2011), she has worked for museums and taken part in seminars and conferences in Italian and foreign universities, regularly publishing essays and articles in catalogues and magazines such as Artforum, Domus, Artpress, Log, Manifesta Journal, Flash Art, Mousse and Kaleidoscope.

Adrian Paci, born in 1969 in Scutari (Albania), graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana and in 1997 moved to Milan, where he lives and works. In his works he uses media such as video, installation, sculpture, painting and photography to reflect on the theme of displacement and the existential condition it generates: the loss and rediscovery of our origins. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions at international institutions including: the MAC - Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (2014), the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2013), the National Gallery of Kosovo, Priština
(2012), the Kunsthaus Zurich (2010), the CCA in Tel Aviv (2009), the Galleria Civica in Modena (2006), ps1 in New York and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2005). He has also taken part in the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2005), that of Sydney (2006), the Rome Quadriennale (2008), where he won first prize, the Lyon Biennale (2009) and that of Thessaloniki (2013). Paci represented Albania at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2014.

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