Adrian Paci was born in Shkodër, Albania, in 1969. From 1987 to 1991 he attended the Akademia e Arteve in Tirana, Albania. He lectured in art history and aesthetics in Shkodër from 1995 until 1997, at which time he left his home country for Milan, escaping the violence of the armed uprising that roiled Albania that year. Paci’s position as an exile holds a central place in his oeuvre. His work frequently addresses themes of geographical separation, nostalgia, and memory, and conveys a keen sense of the mutability of life and art.

Paci is known primarily for his work in performance and video, although he explores similar subjects in painting, photography, and sculpture. Characterized by a fluid interplay between performance and body art, his videos frequently focus on quotidian existence and feature members of his own family. In the video piece Apparizione (2001), for example, Paci’s daughter sings an Albanian song on one screen, while her relatives in Albania complete the unfinished verses on another. Though physically separated in life and in art, the family becomes unified through tradition and a shared language. In several of his videos, Paci uses his body to create poignant statements about loss—whether by crawling across the floor with a roof tied to his back (Home to Go, 2001), or by staging his own funeral with the help of a professional mourner (In Vajtojca, 2002). While his work centers on his own identity and personal history, it nevertheless actively engages its audience, challenging viewers’ limited perceptions of reality.

In 1999 Paci was among the first Albanian artists to represent their country at the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he was a resident artist at Apexart in New York. His first major solo exhibition took place the following year at MoMA PS1 in New York. That same year, he had a solo exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and his work was featured again at the Venice Biennale. In 2009 his work appeared in the group exhibition The Storytellers at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Since 2003 he has been a lecturer in visual arts at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo and the Università IUAV in Venice. Paci currently resides and works in Milan.

Adrian Paci
Adrian Paci
Shkoder , 1969

Past Exhibitions

Aéroports / Ville-monde

La Gaîté Lyrique
23/02/2017 — 28/05/2017

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Adrian Paci: The guardians

Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio 27/03/2017 — 27/05/2017

Adrian Paci: The people are missing

kaufmann repetto
29/03/2017 — 29/04/2017

The New Human

Moderna Museet
21/05/2016 — 15/03/2017

Solo Shows


The Column, UNSW | Art & Design, Paddington, Australia


Sue proprie mani, Adrian Paci & Roland Sejko, MAXXI, Rome, curated by Cristiana Parella.
Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures, Architectural Association, London.
Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.


Adrian Paci – of lives and tales, Roda Sten Konsthall, Goteborg, curated by Edi Muka
Lives in transit, MAC, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, curated by Marie Fraser
The Column, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
NCTM – Studio Legale Associato, Rome, curted by Gabi Scardi
Adrian Paci / The Column, NKV / Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden


Vite in Transito, PAC-Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, curated by Alessandro Rabottini and Paola Nicolin
Vies en Transit, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, curated by Marta Gili


National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo, curated by Angela Vettese
The Storyteller, Lokal_30, Warsaw, curated by Agnieszka Rayzacher
She, a porfolio of etchings, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Adrian Paci: Per Speculum, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Australia, curated by Max Delany


The Encounter, Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Adrian Paci, Back Home, Galeria e Arteve Shkoder, Albania
The Encounter (performance), Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Sagrato San Bartolomeo, Sicily


COMMA 28, Bloomberg Space, London
Precarious Life, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, curated by Paolo Colombo
Motion Picture(s), Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, curated by Mirjam Varadinis
Last Gestures, francesca kaufmann, Milan
Gestures, Peter Blum, New York

Group Shows


Si fece carne, l’arte contemporanea e il sacro, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Arcidiocesi fiorentina, Florence
reliqte, reloaded, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz
Private Nationalism, Budapest Galéria, Budapest
Eppur si muove, MUDAM, Luxembourg
LIBERI TUTTI. Arte e società in Italia 1989 – 2001, curated by Luca Beatrice and Cristiano Parella, Museo Ettore Fico, Torino
Il sosia, Galleria Civica di Trento, Trento
Horizontal Standinging, OFF-Biennale curated by Katy Simon, Budapest
Détails, (screening), Light Cone, Paris
Invisible Violence, curated by Zoran Erić, Séamus Kealy and Blanca de la Torre, Kunstverein, Salzburg


Shangri La: Imagined Cities, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), Los Angeles
Visconti Dead Reckoning : Whorled Explorations, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, curated by Jitish Kallat
Arte tra Storia e Memoria, Rocca Costanza, Pesaro, Italy, curated by Ludovico Pratesi
INHABITING THE WORLD, Busan Biennale 2014 – Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea, curated by Olivier Kaeppelin
Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon (screening)
Albanian Pavillion, Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures, 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Jonida Turani and Stefano Rabolli Pansera
We Have Never Been Modern, SongEun Art Space, Seul, curated by Maria Rosa Sossai e Angelo Gioè
No man’s land, Jerusalem Artist House, Jerusalem, curated by Marie Shek
Ir para volver – leaving to return, 12th International Cuenca Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador, curated by Jacopo Crivelli
Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?, Galeri Mana, Istanbul, curated by Cristiana Perrella
Neighbours, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
Journeys, The Israel Museum, Juersalem, curated by Kobi Ben Meir
The Call of Destiny, LiMAC – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Madrid
ALL ABOUT THESE… LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with National Gallery of Arts Tirana, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, curated by Fani Zguro


The Never Ending Stories cycle, autumn sequence 2013-2014, Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Genève
Everywehere but Now, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg
Au-delà de cette limite votre ticket n’est plus valable, Pavillon Vendôme, Vichy, curated by Guillaume Lasserre
PLAYTIME, Stadische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munchen
Synthetic Ritual, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, curated by Gabi Scardi and Clara Ennis
Le Pont, MAC, Musée d’art contemporain, Marseille, curated by Thierry Oliat
L’innocence du Rèel – L’innocenza del Reale, Fondazione Centro Arti Visive, Pietrasanta, curated by Alessandro Romanini
Adrian Paci Selected Works, Screening on High Line Channel 14, High Line, New York, curated by Cecilia Alemani
Bestiario Contemporaneo, Musei Civici di Venezia, Venice, curated by Gemma de Angelis Testa, Giorgio Verzotti
Fuori Rotta, video screening, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, curated by Chiara Bertola
Ici, Ailleurs, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, curated by Juliette Laffron
Second Sight, Stills, Scotland’s Centre for photography, Edinburgh


One Sixth of the Earth, curated by Mark Nash, ZKM, Zentrum fuer Kunst Und Medientechonologie, Karlsruhe
Imagined Places, curated by Anke Bangma, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
Time Stood Still, curated by Janka Vukmir, International Biennal Exhibition MULTIMERIDIAN 2012
Croatian Association of Fine Artists of Istria, Pola
Disputed land, curated by Hudrada, Sevastopol Art Museum, Sevastopol, Ukraina
Fuori Uso in Opera, Galleria d’arte contemporanea Cesare Manzo, Pescara, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
Mediterraneo: Incontri o Conflitti?, Palazzo Gargasole, Gagliano del Capo, Italy, curated by Ludovico Pratesi
Synthetic Ritual, University of Idaho, Idaho, curated by Ciara Ennis and Gabi Scardi
Obbligo di transito, Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea Raffaele de Grada, San Giminiano
Famiglie, Tradizione, Narrazione, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
The Praise of Folly, Fundación Chirivella Soriano, Valencia
4 Films, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York
Gli Artisti Italiani della Collezione ACACIA, Palazzo Reale, Milan, curated by Gemma De Angelis Testa and Giorgio Verzotti
It doesn’t have to be beautiful, unless it’s beautiful, Galleria Nazionale, Pristina, Kosovo, curated by Charles Esche and Galit Eliat
Dialoghi Est/Ovest, Museo Nazionale del Montenegro and Atelier Dado, Cetinjie, Montenegro, curated by Rosalba Branà, Mariapaola Spinelli and Antonio Frugis
Compassion, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz
Unfinished Journeys, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, curated by Andrea Kroksnes and Sabrina van der Ley
Keeping up Appearance, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
At Your Service, Technischen Museum, Vienna, curated by Christiane Erharter and Silvia Eiblmayr
Beyond Memory, Museum of the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel, curated by Raphie Etgar
The Mediterranean Approach, MAC, Marseille, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg and Thierry Ollat
Da Zero a Cento, le Nuove Età della Vita, Triennale di Milano, Milan, curated by Giovanni Carrada and Cristiana Perrella
Singolarità Mobili che Abitano uno Spazio Nomade, Casa dei Teatri, Rome, curated by Collettivo Curatoriale Gruntumolani
One Sixth of the Earth (Ecologies of Image), MUSAC, Leon, Spain; ZKM, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, curated by Mark Nash
Premio Italia 2012, MAXXI, Rome


I just want to be loved, MAGA, Gallarate, Italy, curated by Gabi Scardi and Ruth Cats
Quelli che restano, stati d’animo del paesaggio contemporaneo, curated by Mimmo Di Marzio, Spazio Oberdan, Milan
Synthetic Rituals, Pitzer Art Gallery, Claremont, curated by Gabi Scardi and Ciara Ennis
The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Seeing is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, curated by Viktor Misiano
Nuit Blanche, Paris
International Contemporary Art Biennale of Melle, Melle, France, curated by Dominique Truco
Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon
Bodily Choreography, Zacheta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Fayum Portraits + Adrian Paci: No Visible Future, Photoespana 2011, XIV International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, National Archeology Museum, Madrid
The Mediterranean Approach, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg
I Miss My Enemies, Sala del Camino, former Monastery SS. Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venice, Collateral Events of 54a Biennale di Venezia curated by Oxana Maleeva
Pino Pascali. Ritorno a Venezia, Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Palazzo Bianchi Michiel, Canal Grande, Ca’D’Oro, Collateral Events of 54a Biennale di Venezia, Venice, curated by Rosalba Branà
Staging Documentary, lothringer13_halle, Munich
Il confine evanescente. Immagini italiane dalla pittura al digitale, MAXXI, Rome


Haifa Museums, Israel
Moving worlds, Podblieski Contemporary, Berlin
Community, Museo delle arti Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
Premio Città di Treviglio, Museo Civico, Treviglio, Italy
Il coraggio, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Viaggio in Italia, sguardi internazionali sull’Italia contemporanea, Pistoia, curated by Ludovico Pratesi
Arcipelago Balkani, Galleria civica di Modena, Modena
Pacific Meridian, The 8th Vladivostok International Film Festival, Vladivostok, Russia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Shkoder Country of birth: Albania Date of birth: 1969 Lives in: Milan