by Nathalie Azoulai
Albanian artist Adrian Paci escaped his country in 1997 and settled in Milan, Italy. Some artists will never deal with exile while others will stick to their trauma, like Paci. But thanks to his pasolinian sense of humor, his work never brings up flatly dark and gloomy films or images. Eventhough rootless men should wail and fall. Have a look at his famous video Centro di Permanenza temporanea, 2007, showing lines of immigrants on their gateway to nowhere. They look both miserable and powerful as if they didn' t need planes to reach the sky, reminding us of a Jonathan Borofsky sculpture. Same for this Home to Go sculpture where the artist himself can be seen with his house on his back, kind of Prometheus holding his rock that might turn out to spread its wings, who knows? Both miserable and powerful again… Go to Paris to visit Paci exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, running till May 12th.