(Albania, 1987) they work with the image and its politics in various media such as photography, performance, moving image, text, fibers, drawing and installation. Their interest lies in the subtle and violent ways that decolonization and migration affect and reshape people, language, and gender identity as well as social and cultural dynamics. Naçi holds a dual BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and an MFA in Photography and Media. Their work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, like Manifesta 14 (Prishtina), National Gallery of Art (Tirana), MAK Center (Los Angeles), MoCA Geffen (Los Angeles), and the Other Places Art Fair (Los Angeles). Naçi is a recipient of the Tim Disney Excellence in Storytelling Prize, the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Travel Grant, and took part in Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (Berlin), Elsewhere Museum and Residency (Greensboro), and Évora NAU (Évora), among other residencies.
WORK ON DISPLAY
actions that make my hands hurt (hand film), 2019
16 mm transferred to HD video, b/w, silent
The film portrays the execution of a long list of actions that cause pain to the artist’s hands, due to a chronic illness. Naçi’s body is framed, seated, with the face and lower limbs excluded, in such a way as to focus the observer on the sequence of gestures made with the hands. Some creative actions, such as modeling or writing, alternate with violent and destructive ones: shooting, strangling, torturing, etc. Still others resume gestures related to domestic work, such as cleaning and scrubbing. The more the gestures follow one another, the more the pain in the hands increases, thus making creativity and destructiveness coexist in the work, as well as inviting us to reflect on the relationships between capital, labor, gender, and social class.