Adrian Paci

    Attributes

    • Male

    About the artist

    Lives and works in Milan, Italy.
    1969: Born in Shkoder, Albania.

    Adrian Paci, who was born in 1969 in Albania, trained as a classical painter in Tirana, the country's capital. But after civil war forced him to relocate to Italy in 1997, he turned to video, photography and sculpture to examine the desolation of displacement and to commemorate both the traditions and the hard times back home.

    His art has made quietly strong impressions at P.S. 1 and elsewhere in New York, including last year's Armory Show art fair.  ''Vajtojca (The Weeper),'' the most impressive piece , is a short video from 2002 that Mr. Paci has already exhibited twice in New York. It shows him back in Albania, laid out as if dead, being mourned over in song and wail by a very convincing professional weeper.

    Mr. Paci returns to painting in three works titled ''Facade'' . Using a dry-fresco technique, he paints sepia-toned scenes of Albanian weddings (taken from videos) on large, rough plaster walls held upright by thick wood beams. The handsome results suggest a cross between unfinished houses and rustic billboards and attest to Mr. Paci's skills as a painter.

    ROBERTA SMITH