ADRIAN PACI

Adrian Paci Portrait  ©   the artist

Adrian Paci
Portrait © the artist

Born in 1969 in Shkoder, Albania. Lives and works in Milan, Italy

It can take months for a cargo ship to cross from China to Europe. Over the course of the journey, it’s increasingly common for companies to transform ships into floating factories, where workers take advantage of the long crossing to complete a contract en route. But The Column, a short film by the Albanian artist Adrian Paci, is the first time we’ve ever been able to bear witness to the entire process. Paci hired a group of Chinese craftsman to complete a full-scale marble column on the passage from China to France. Like all of Paci’s works, The Column deals with migration, uprooting, the repercussions of globalization, and the transformation of cultural identities. At the same time, it addresses the drawbacks of the global flow of goods, ideas, and labor. The Column is both documentation and cinematic metaphor. The hardness of the marble corresponds to the hardness of the working conditions

 
 
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