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About

Silvi Naçi (b.1987, Albania) works with performance, video, sculpture, photography, text, and installation. Working with traumatic memories from their childhood, collective and familial, Naçi investigate gender and cultural identity as it relates to exile, migration, the idea of the illegal body, and citizenship. Naçi holds a dual BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Suffolk University (2011), and an MFA in Photography + Media from California Institute of the Arts (2019).

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Naçi, moved to the United States in 2001, after the end of communism, one month prior to 9/11. Working with traumatic memories from their childhood, collective and familial, Naçi investigate gender and cultural identity as it relates to exile, migration, the idea of the illegal body, and citizenship. They are interested in examining the power dynamics of their background and the new ones living in the States, particularly the consequences of patriarchy, homophobia, racism, classism, and dictatorship in different cultures. Photography, video, performance, and sculpture allow them to approach these issues from multiple points of view. The materials and objects used in the work are critical to the process as they inform the concept of the work. Working with the archive, the forgotten, the rotten, Naçi often pairs their subjects and sculptures with cultural idioms and customs, evoking personal memories and ancestral connections.


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