Home to go #9
di Adrian Paci
Home to go #9 (2001) is one of Adrian Paci's most famous works of art.
The Albanian artist created a marble cast of his naked body carrying a roof fragment on his back. A series of iconic images came out of this.
In 1997, following the historical turmoil in his home country, Adrian Paci left Albania and move to Italy bringing with him a sense of hope for the future.
Today, his work represents a perfect synthesis of the current crisis affects all of the the Western world, who are unable to respond to natural desire of people to move freely across borders, and not be constrained by the mental and physical.
The Mayor of Gibellina, the new city that was built to house the people who had moved from the ruins of the old one, reflects: “... Freedom is the dream and utopia is an awareness of the path that needs to be travelled, without rest and without return. It is the discovery of new horizons, the conquest of new frontiers. These idols are your identity, venerations of your deceased, as well as the loves you have built and experienced. Everything transforms, everything is inscribed into your memory. You can bring anything with you, and inside you, wherever you may go. Relics of the past to celebrate new rites, enriching your mind, and setting you free so that you are not immobile and helpless in a prison of the past”.
Text by Enzo Fiammetta
Adrian Paci (born in 1969 in Shkoder, Albania) studied painting at the Academy of Art of Tirana. In 1997 he moved to Milan where he lives and works. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions such as: Museo Novecento, Florence (2017); MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century, Rome (2015); MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2014); Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea – PAC, Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); The Center for Contemporary Art – CCA, Tel Aviv (2009); MoMA PS1, New York (2006) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2005). Amongst the various group shows, Adrian Paci’s work has also been featured in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2014); in the 48th and the 51st edition of the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (respectively in 1999 and 2005); in the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); in the 15th Quadriennale di Roma, where he won rst prize (2008); in the Biennale de Lyon (2009); and in the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013).