Adrian Paci: Lives in Transit

Parisian museum Jeu de Paume runs (until May 12) a fascinating exhibition with the Albanian artist Adrian Paci, who lives in Italy. On tv screens, on big screens, with paintings – Paci circles around the theme, as he has expressed it, “of being at a crossroad, at the frontier of two separate identities”, going from one place to another, never leaving all from the first place and never getting all from the new one.

He has picked his small stories from his own life, often with great humour, as when a small 6 minutes video reconstructs him visiting a public office in Italy for an interrogation circling around pedophilia, because his two daughters have a tattoo on their shoulders… or his daughter telling a fairy tale, where she mixes animals and explosions, that she remembers from the war years at the end of the 1990’s. But there are also works which have a focus on the collective (photo) migration or beautiful sequences like one with a white horse and a naked woman in a fenced circle, filmed from outside.

For me the most attractive, however, is what happens on five screens placed next to each other under the title “The Last Gestures”. Run in slow motion you see a bride saying goodbye to her family before leaving for a married life. In documentaries this is what we often ask for – the catch of the magical moments in life.

The Jeu de Paume has posted an introduction to the exhibition, with an interview with the artist on youtube, fine gesture. Link below.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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