Saturday 14 April 2018, on occasion of the twenty- third edition of miart – the Milan international exhibition of modern and contemporary art, the fifth event of the project IN PRATICA, is to be inaugurated. This cycle of exhibitions is hosted by lawyer Giuseppe Iannaccone, featured among a part of his personal collection of contemporary art, and set within a dedicated area of his legal firm. Following the introduction of artists Davide Monaldi, Luca De Leva, Andrea Romano e Beatrice Marchi, IN PRATICA will present, a continuous comparison between the works of established international artists and those of talented, yet still unknown, emerging artists invited to the event to create site-specific projects.
Saturday 14 April, a collective exhibition of TEN YOUNG ALBANIAN ARTISTS in COLLABORATION WITH ART HOUSE SCHOOL is open to the public for a special visit EX GRATIA. The event is an idea developed by Giuseppe Iannaccone, curated by Adrian Pacia and Rischa Paterlini, with the special collaboration of Prof. Zef Paci.
For the Miart 2018 event, Mr Giuseppe Iannaccone has chosen to dedicate IN PRATICA #5 to a special project which introduces Italy to works generously created, by Adrian and Melisa Paci in Scutari, Albania: or rather a school for artists. “What inspired me – writes Mr Iannaccone – was that act of generosity that you, Adrian, have shown towards your home city of Scutari and towards Albanian artists: thanks to Art House School you have provided ten artists with the opportunity to meet, share and discuss their work and experiences, while asking for nothing in return. You have given them the occasion to have hands on experiences with curators and international critics”.
Art House is “A place” – says Adrian Paci – “that allows the movement of ideas, where a private home opens up to the local community and where the community of a small city exchange intellectual and cultural contributions of the great world of art, whilst also maintaining the intimacy and closeness of the relationship”.
The works of the ten featured artists of the Art House School 2017, are positioned within the dedicated areas of the legal firm, and set among the works of the Collezione Iannaccone, which have been rearranged for the occasion.
“Never before” – writes Giuseppe Iannaccone – “had I imagined that one day I would have invited ten artists to expose their work, contemporarily. However, now that I look at them together, I notice once again that when artists are able to reach within and touch the depths of man, a miracle occurs. Marc Quinn’s moving beauty of disability seems to speak the same language of love as Alketa Ramaj’s video. The images of young Brazilians portrayed by Jetmir Idrizi recall the same search for sexual identity illustrated in the photographic shots of Nan Goldin; Stefano Romano’s photographs of fleeting actions communicate with the solid figures of Massimo Bartolini; the gaze on the face captured by Silva Agostini recalls the gaze trapped within the works of Dana Schutz. The neon red in Remijon Pronja’s photographs seems to contradict the sense of intimate domesticity found also within the works of Paola Pivi; the delicacy of Bora Baboçi’s drawings reappears in those created by Andrea Romano; the representations of pagan or Christian Gods by Alket Frashëri are in agreeance with the pantheon of deities. The mythological heroes of Luigi Ontani; the landscapes of Lek M Gjeloshi are reminiscent of those of Hernan Bas; Iva Lulashi’s painting is confronted with that of Borremans; the introspective drawings of Fatlum Doçi are similar to the dreamlike landscapes of Indian artists, such as Atul Dodiya.”
The idea of this project is thoroughly explained in the precious volume, which accompanies the exhibition, edited by Mousse Publishing, in Italian, English and Albanian. The edition contains images of the works of the artists that have resided at the Art House, as well as a collection of conversations between Adrian, Zef Paci and the ten artists at the centre of the exhibition. There is also a special story about the journey undertaken by the curator of the collection at the Paci residence.
The exhibition was created with the patronage of the Albanian Ministry of Culture and thanks to the contribution of Kooness for the audio and video material, Massimo Romanò for the frames and Open Care – art services, FARE and ARKA for the hospitality given to the artists , all of whom will be present on the day of the inauguration.
Opening Saturday 14 April. By invitation and booking only. Bookings are obligatory and may be made at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
List of contributing artists IN PRATICA #5
Silva Agostini, Bora Baboçi, Fatlum Doçi, Lek M Gjeloshi, Jetmir Idrizi, Iva Lulashi, Alket Frashëri, Remijon Pronja, Alketa Ramaj e Stefano Romano
Art House is a project created by Adrian and Melisa Paci that aims to bring the presence, the ideas and contributions of international figures of the world of contemporary art to Scutari, their native city in Albania. The initiative came to life and developed, within the walls of Adrian’s family home, situated in the historical quarters of the city. This nonconventional choice of setting was conceived to create the ideal setting for meetings and debates between artists, scholars, writers and art lovers, where issues and problems regarding art can be discussed in an intimate and informal ambient, conducive to communication. Through this initiative, Art House aspires to increase the accessibility of the artistic experience, offering an alternative to the widespread convictions of the market and the institutional rhetoric. The project also aims to decentralise Albanian cultural life, which for many years has seen the capital city of Tirana as the sole location of artistic activity.