My Song in Your Kitchen (2017), Prova (2019), The Encounter (2011)
The second part of the video program presents three video works by the artist Adrian Paci, focusing on opposing aspirations: to belong and to be free. The videos reveal hidden impulses – gestures, silence and doubts that determine the story.
“My Song in Your Kitchen” (2017) was created for the Casa Monluè project in a refugee shelter in Milan. The artist invites Italian musicians to perform Albanian music. Cooking and eating, dancing and singing – lively actions and emotions transform the cold interior of the clean metal surfaces in the public dining room into a space of meeting and reticent impulses between people. Subtle cultural peculiarities of the characters remain not partly expressed, the video is full of silence, anticipation, extraneous noise.
In “Prova” (2019), the artist again addresses the history and people of his hometown of Shkodër in Albania. A group of men spend time on the street: they fall asleep and wake up, communicate with gestures and smiles. The word “prova” – “test” erupts over time, someone is checking the microphone, as if promising the opportunity to be heard. Horses and dogs running through the streets in a free rush are set against a quiet expectation of people.
The last work of the video program – “The Encounter” (2011) – is the documentation of the performance, which the artist held in the Sicilian city of Scili, the meeting place of ancient culture and Baroque, and a part of the synthetic Mediterranean civilization. Paci invited the locals to become participants in the repeated handshake, overcoming any understatement and uncertainty between them. The gesture, torn out of the context, becomes noticeable, and the square – the legalized urban meeting space – becomes the scene of a mysterious and solemn union.