Google + Youtube

Adrian Paci “The Column” – 14 September 2013 Teatro della Casa d’Italia, Italian Cultural Institute, Istanbul

June 26, 2013 by Staff



Press release

The Embassy of Italy in Turkey, the Embassy of Albania and the Italian Institute of Culture in Istanbul

are proud to present

Adrian Paci

The Column

promoted by

The Italian Institute of Culture in Istanbul and AlbumArte

curated by

Gabi Scardi and Maria Rosa Sossai

14 September 2013 – 12 noon

One-off screening

Teatro della Casa d’Italia, Italian Cultural Institute, Istanbul

Meşrutiyet Caddesi no:75
Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu
34430 İstanbul

The Italian Embassy in Turkey, in collaboration with the Albanian Embassy, invites you to the screening of Adrian Paci’s video The Column (2013) that will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12 noon in the theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Istanbul.

The event, promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute and AlbumArte, will be attended by the artist Adrian Pacithe Albanian and the Italian Ambassadors in Turkey, the art critics and curators Beral Madra, Gabi Scardi and Maria Rosa Sossai, and Cristina Cobianchi, president of AlbumArte .

The video illustrates how a block of marble, extracted from a Chinese quarry, is loaded onto a cargo ship where it gets carved until it becomes a column in the classical style. The destination of the ship is unknown, but the artefact, with its Corinthian capital, evokes both classical culture and Europe.

The image of the ship crossing the sea and from which the raw material emerges transformed into a precious artefact, is related to a fantastical idea of the voyage; it also recalls the wide-spread economic strategies of today’s society, trading and the dramatic reality of the ship-factories, the meaning of work, the value of classical culture represented through one of its emblematic elements, the column. Despite the essential character of the images, Paci shows the accuracy of the gaze, the definition of the details, intense close-ups, the fragments of daily life on the ship. The journey by sea assumes an epic nature while the image of the sun rays that at the end of the video caress the column sanctions its symbolic dimension.

In this video, as in other works by the artist, the meaning comes from the co-existence of circumstance and universality, joint participation and distance, poetry and criticism: a criticism that is a continuous statement on the fundamental value of dignity and a dignity that can only be subjective, collective and rooted in society at the same time. So, in this as well as in other works, we see him linger on faces, looks, with an attention that is not born out of the desire to describe something, but that is an act of respect for the individual. Through his work and his personal history Paci expresses the profound changes of our time: he tells of journeys and migrations, of the global bearings and of the intercultural dynamics that affect us all.

The video was selected for the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art “MAKE IT NEW-OLD INTERSECTIONS» 18 September – 18 December 2011 Thessaloniki, Greece

Adrian Paci The Column2013

video, color, sound, 25’40”

Courtesy: kaufmann repetto, Milano & Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich

Produced with the contribution of: Jeu de Paume, Paris , PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano , Trondheim Kunstmuseum , Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg , nctm e e l’arte, Milano & Unicredit Milano.

Theatre of Italian Istitute of Culture in Istanbul, Me?rutiyet Caddesi no:75 Tepeba??, Beyo?lu 34430 ?stanbul

September 14, 2013 – 12 noon

One-off screening

Curated by Gabi Scardi e Maria Rosa Sossai

Project by AlbumArte Rome Italy

Info : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Istanbul,

Press office Anatolia Group,

Info Italy AlbumArte,







March 7 - April 21, 2018

Keep Reading

Keep Reading


April 26, 2018
Juliet Jacques: Fiction, memoir, performance

Keep Reading

May 3-16, 2018
Zaelia Bishop | Uranio Cemento e Grafite

Keep Reading


February 15 - March 1, 2018
Dario Agati - Fabio Giorgi Alberti | Quite solo

Keep Reading

January 29 - February 10, 2018
Cosimo Veneziano | Break the window and steal the fragments!

Keep Reading

November 23, 2017 - January 20, 2018
Residenze #3 | Juan Zamora | ORA (bajo al cielo de la boca)

Keep Reading

November 24, 2016 - December 2, 2017
Donne (non più) anonime

Keep Reading

November 15, 2017

Keep Reading

November 14, 2017 2017
Chasing Boundaries Belfast - prima italiana

Keep Reading

September 18 - November 11, 2017
Egle Budvytyte | Long Time Between the Eyelash and the Brain

Keep Reading

October 14, 2017
Egle Budvytyte | Choreography for the Running Male

Keep Reading

June 14 - July 21, 2017
Iginio De Luca | Riso amaro (Ten Years of Blitz)

Keep Reading

June 5, 2017
Donne (non più) anonime | Teresa Margolles

Keep Reading

May 18-19, 2017
Elena Bellantoni | Maremoto

Keep Reading

May 23-26, 2017
Ferhat Özgür | Conquest

Keep Reading

May 3-14, 2017
Homo faber | Ipsius fortunae di Marroni – Ouanely

Keep Reading

February 15 - April 27, 2017
Campo Grossi Maglioni

Keep Reading

February 8, 2017
ROMA - 3 VARIAZIONI (2017) by José Guerrero / Antonio Blanco

Keep Reading

February 3 and 4, 2017
Chasing Boundaries chapter I - II


december 6 - january 31 2017
Residenze #2 | Sabrina Casadei- A Thousand Miles Away

Keep Reading

January 18, 2017
Exploring ... | Step 1

Keep Reading

October 11 - November 26
AlbumArte presents Residenze #1 | Flavio Favelli - Gianni Politi

Keep Reading

September 14-30
AlbumArte presents 'Monte Inferno'

Keep Reading

May 4 - July 15, 2016
AlbumArte presents “Sogni d’oro”

Keep Reading

October 15, 2016 at 6:30pm
AlbumArte | Music #1 | Ofer (Pilot Concert)

Keep Reading