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anri sala

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anri sala

1974, Tirana, Albania

Anri Sala employs moving images, together with their soundtracks, to investigate historical ruptures and failures of language. Using a variety of platforms including video installation, sculpture, photography, performance and movie scores - he explores non-verbal modes of expression through narratives or ideas. By distancing the viewer from a “logical”, direct or language-based understanding, his work becomes open to a multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations. In contrast to traditional cinema, Sala's distinctive use of film challenges the supremacy of the image, instead allowing sound to serve as an important narrative cue - the music speaks to history, memory and brings the viewer’s past, present and future into a single filmic experience. This “continuous present" found in Sala’s work has the effect of grounding the audience in a specific moment rather than projecting them into the illusion of what they see. His videos are presented in a wide range of immersive spaces that must be experienced with the whole body: modified environments with careful lighting and sound design that stimulate a visceral experience of the architecture. By creating this state of awareness, the artist proposes an exercise in civil resistance with political implications; his work allows us to reconsider the relationship of our own space and time to the location and historical moment depicted in the films.

Anri Sala studied at the University of Arts (UART) in Tirana, after which he attended the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris. He completed his Postgraduate Studies in film directing at Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing, France. In 2001 he received the Young Artist Prize of the 49th Venice Biennial, and was recipient of the Absolut Art Award 2011 and Prix Gilles-Dusein (2000). Sala was also shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize (2002) and Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (2005).

Anri Sala lives and works in Paris and Berlin.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

bulevardi zhan d’ark, 2006
4 black & white photographs on baryte paper
15.3 x 19.11 in each

 

 

untitled (cactus) , 2010
digital print
29.3 x 39.3 in

 

 

air cushioned ride, 2006 
video, stereo sound
6:04 min

 

 

casa zoo I, 2001
color photograph mounted on aluminium
43.5 x 64.61 in

 

 

casa zoo IV, 2001
color photograph mounted on aluminium
43.5 x 64.61 in

 

 

intervista, 1998
video, stereo sound
26:00 min

 

 

missing landscape, 2001
video, stereo sound
14:55 min

 

 

house with horizon, 2002
color photograph
43.1 x 61.3 in

 

 

answer me, 2008
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
4:51 min

 

 

answer me, 2008
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
4:51 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

 

 

dammi i colori, 2003
video, stereo sound
15:25 min

 

 

flutterby, 2007
digital print mounted on reynoboard
43.3 x 57.75 in

 

 

le clash, 2010
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
8:31 min

 

 

le clash, 2010
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
8:31 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

untitled (airport), 2005
color photograph
62.99 x 43.30 in

 

 


no barragan no cry, 2002
color photograph
24.80 x 30.70 in

 

 

no window no cry (juan o'gorman, biblioteca central de la unam), 2011
glass window and music box
window: 38.19 x 44.09 in; music box: 3.15 x 10.24 x 3.15 in

 

 

no window no cry (juan o'gorman, biblioteca central de la unam), 2011
glass window and music box
window: 38.19 x 44.09 in; music box: 3.15 x 10.24 x 3.15 in

 

 

tlatelolco clash, 2011
hd video projection, dolby digital 5.1
11:49 min

 

 

tlatelolco clash, 2011
hd video projection, dolby digital 5.1
11:49 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

 

 

title suspended, 2008
resin, nitrile and electric motor
26.37 x 43.30 x 14,17 in

 

 

1395 days without red, 2011
in collaboration with liria begeja
from a project by sejla kameric and anri sala in collaboration with ari benjamin meyershd
hd colour video, surround sound 5.0
43:45 min

1395 days without red, 2011
in collaboration with liria begeja
from a project by sejla kameric and anri sala in collaboration with ari benjamin meyershd
hd colour video, surround sound 5.0
43:45 min
installation view at centre pompidou, paris, 2012

 

inversion—creating space where there appears to be none, 2010
in collaboration with edi rama
colored pencil and crayon on paper/japanese paper (set of six), four channel sound installation
variable dimensions

 

 

 

ravel ravel, 2013
2 channel hd video projection with sound
21:00 min each

 

 

unravel, 2013
2 channel hd video projection, sound: discrete 5.0
21:00 min each

 

 

doldrums, 2008
10 altered brady snare drums, loudspeaker parts, snare stands, drumsticks
variable dimensions

 

 

bulevardi zhan d’ark, 2006
4 black & white photographs on baryte paper
15.3 x 19.11 in each

 

 

untitled (cactus) , 2010
digital print
29.3 x 39.3 in

 

 

air cushioned ride, 2006 
video, stereo sound
6:04 min

 

 

casa zoo I, 2001
color photograph mounted on aluminium
43.5 x 64.61 in

 

 

casa zoo IV, 2001
color photograph mounted on aluminium
43.5 x 64.61 in

 

 

intervista, 1998
video, stereo sound
26:00 min

 

 

missing landscape, 2001
video, stereo sound
14:55 min

 

 

house with horizon, 2002
color photograph
43.1 x 61.3 in

 

 

answer me, 2008
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
4:51 min

 

 

answer me, 2008
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
4:51 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

 

 

dammi i colori, 2003
video, stereo sound
15:25 min

 

 

flutterby, 2007
digital print mounted on reynoboard
43.3 x 57.75 in

 

 

le clash, 2010
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
8:31 min

 

 

le clash, 2010
hd video, dolby surround sound 5.1
8:31 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

untitled (airport), 2005
color photograph
62.99 x 43.30 in

 

 


no barragan no cry, 2002
color photograph
24.80 x 30.70 in

 

 

no window no cry (juan o'gorman, biblioteca central de la unam), 2011
glass window and music box
window: 38.19 x 44.09 in; music box: 3.15 x 10.24 x 3.15 in

 

 

no window no cry (juan o'gorman, biblioteca central de la unam), 2011
glass window and music box
window: 38.19 x 44.09 in; music box: 3.15 x 10.24 x 3.15 in

 

 

tlatelolco clash, 2011
hd video projection, dolby digital 5.1
11:49 min

 

 

tlatelolco clash, 2011
hd video projection, dolby digital 5.1
11:49 min
installation view at serpentine galeries, london, 2011

 

 

 

title suspended, 2008
resin, nitrile and electric motor
26.37 x 43.30 x 14,17 in

 

 

1395 days without red, 2011
in collaboration with liria begeja
from a project by sejla kameric and anri sala in collaboration with ari benjamin meyershd
hd colour video, surround sound 5.0
43:45 min

1395 days without red, 2011
in collaboration with liria begeja
from a project by sejla kameric and anri sala in collaboration with ari benjamin meyershd
hd colour video, surround sound 5.0
43:45 min
installation view at centre pompidou, paris, 2012

 

inversion—creating space where there appears to be none, 2010
in collaboration with edi rama
colored pencil and crayon on paper/japanese paper (set of six), four channel sound installation
variable dimensions

 

 

 

ravel ravel, 2013
2 channel hd video projection with sound
21:00 min each

 

 

unravel, 2013
2 channel hd video projection, sound: discrete 5.0
21:00 min each

 

 

doldrums, 2008
10 altered brady snare drums, loudspeaker parts, snare stands, drumsticks
variable dimensions

 

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

Recent selected solo exhibitions include: Anri Sala, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2019); The Last Resort, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Anri Sala: o momento presente, Instituto Moreira Salles, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017); Clocked Perspective, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2017); Anri Sala, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); The Last Resort, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney (2017); Anri Sala: Answer Me, New Museum, New York (2016); No Names, No Title, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel (2015); The Present Moment (in D), Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2014); Air Cushioned Ride, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2013); Anri Sala, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012); Anri Sala, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2012); Anri Sala, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2011); Anri Sala, Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); Anri Sala, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2011); Creating Space Where There Appears To Be None, About Change Collection, Berlin (2010); Purchase Not by Moonlight, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (2009) and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States (2008); Dammi i Colori, Daadgalerie, Berlin (2005); Entre chien et loup / When the Night Calls it a Day, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (2004).
 

selected group exhibitions and biennials

His work has also been exhibited widely in group shows such as: Scènes dans une bulle de crystal – Seen in a cristal ball, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2019); Strange Days: Memories of the Future, The Store X, 180 The Strand, London (2018); Par amour du jeu 1998-2018, Magasins Généraux, Pantin, France (2018); Faith Love Hope, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2018); All That We Have In Common, The Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia (2018); The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2017); Life Itself: on the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); Prophetia, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (2015); The Vincent Award 2014, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (2014); One on One, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013); One Sixth of the Earth (Ecologies of Image), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2012); French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2011); Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Holbein to Tillmans, Schaulager Münchenstein and Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2009); Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New York (2008); Entre Fronteiras = Between Borders, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain (2007); Reprocessing Reality, MoMA PS1, New York (2006), among others.

Anri Sala has participated in many international biennials, including: International Art Exhibitions and French and Albanian Pavilions at the 57th, 50th, 55th and 47th editions of the Venice Biennial (2017, 2003, 2013 and 1999, respectively); Yokohama Triennale 2001 and 2017, Japan; 12 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2015); MDE15 Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Medellín, Colombia (2015); The Fifth Auckland Triennial, New Zealand (2014); 1, 4 and 8 Berlin Biennale (2002, 2006 and 2014, respectively);  Sharjah Biennial 11, United Arab Emirates (2013); 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012); Taipei Biennial 2004, Taiwan; 8. İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2003);  29a and 25a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010 and 2002); Manifesta 3 Ljubiana, Slovenia and Manifesta 4 Frankfurt, Germany (2000 and 2002).

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