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(Shkoder, Albania, 1969)

Real Game, 1999
video, 9'

Autobiography is the starting point of many of Adrian Paci's works, but rather than trying to describe the experience of immigration through his own eyes, the artist decided to use those of his daughter Jolanda.
Real Game is the sequel to his video Albanian Stories (1997), a spontaneous ready-made, which simply records an innocent, childish game and a development of its reflections. Games and fairy tales historically played a key role in people's lives, bringing out uncomfortable truths only partially camouflaged by fantasy. Under the appearance of another common game – the artist pretends to be a teacher, with Jolanda the pupil – topics such as immigration, isolation and homesickness are raised again. Only in this instance the language is far more ripe, the story is better defined, and the references to animals and other fantastic tales left out in favour of a primitive form of self-consciousness and dry optimism.

Igor Španjol, Curator of Collection at Moderna galerija and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana