Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration» 2010
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  • Director: Adrian Paci (Albania)

    Born in 1969 in Shkoder (Albania). Now he lives and works in Milan. His works are displayed in the largest world museums. Participant of numerous international projects, including Manifesta, The European Biennale of contemporary art (2000), 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and Seville Biennale (2004). One of his latest personal exhibitions was at Kunsthaus Zurich in 2010.

Albania,  Italy,  2004,  4 min.
Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration»

Title of the video is filled with a call to action and synchronized with slogans that are used by demonstrators, trying to defend their rights. The artist shows finely constructed situation, which is a part of daily life in his home town of Shkoder in Albania. A group of men sits at the steps of dilapidated building waiting for someone to hire them. Exhausted with their own position in the existing system, which assigns them to the state of inaction, they stare longingly into the distance. Labor as the driving mechanism for the functioning of these, as though it may sound cynical, elements in the vast system of production processes, is the purpose of their expectations. And even more paradoxical is that the system delegated such functions, excludes them from the endless flow of production. Initially portraying a static state of the collective body, devoid of momentum to the movement, the artist, frame by frame, focuses on each attendee. It was the very moment to reveal the deep personal tragedies, traced to their tired and exhausted faces. The workers silently narrate the stories of their lives; there is no need even to speak the same language to understand them. In conclusion, the audience faces the wide shot, when the attendees in the one-time outburst, begin to start the generators, standing at their feet. Each man holds a large light bulb in his hand, and desolate space fills with light. It is the light that declaratively tells of the requirement to turn the contemporary towards every individual.