An Albanian film-maker now based in Italy who fled war-torn Kosovo is shortlisted for the Artes Mundi Prize, one of the world’s biggest art awards.

Adrian Paci re-creates personal experiences using the techniques of traditional storytelling. He reflects upon his own unsettled history as a displaced person, a situation which many are now forced to experience.

As an Albanian he fled the Kosovo War and escaped to Italy with his family in 1997, where he continues to live. He addresses Albania’s painful politics and the realities of migration in film, photography and painting.

In his early work he re-created very personal experiences within his family circle, with his more recent work he draws upon the universal. In doing so he does not hesitate to mix imagination and reality, combining humour, pathos and a sensitivity to subject matter.

The contenders for the £40,000 visual arts prize are: Yael Bartana (Israel), Fernando Bryce (Peru), Ergin Cavusoglu (Bulgaria), Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan), Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev (Kyrgyzstan) and Adrian Paci (Albania).

Tessa Jackson, founding artistic director of Artes Mundi, said: “The purpose of this prize is not only to recognise deserving talent, but also to introduce a wider range of artists to the British art scene.”


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