Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Adrian Paci, AL/IT

The Albanian-Italian artist Adrian Paci worked with so-called "boat people" from Albania who had had to flee in panic from the terrors of the 1997 war. Paci described Albanian Stories as a kind of readymade film, a simple recording of his three year old daughter telling a series of improvised fairy tales. In her telling, folkloric characters like a cow, a cat and a rooster, meet soldiers and “international forces”. The half-fictional, half-real worlds conjured by the innocent narrator convey the traumatic experiences of war.