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b. 1974, Albania

Anri Sala Biography

Anri Sala represents a truly contemporary international vision: working in a range of media including video, photography and installation, Sala was educated in Albania and France, but now lives and works in Berlin. In his films and installations, Sala invites viewers to participate in his world of cultural observation, for which he often uses socio-political settings and personal experiences as backdrops.

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By juxtaposing elements of past and present, discordance and harmony, and by overlapping narrative, sound and movement, Sala creates a unique sensibility. With his first critically acclaimed experimental documentary Intervista (Finding the words) from 1998, the artist formulates his interest in perception of reality, truth and historical transformation. Since then, his practice emerged into a study of sound–soundtracks of images, the absence of sound, or the failure of verbal communication, all form distinct kinds of narratives.

In 2001, Sala was the recipient of the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale and in 2013, he exhibited his acclaimed video works Ravel Ravel and Unravel (both 2013) for the French Pavilion. Both works analyse the perception of space through music– two versions of Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left hand in D-major can be seen performed alongside each other. Unravel sets out to sync what deliberately was paced out of sync; Chloé, a DJ and music producer, can be observed standing in the middle of the German pavilion trying to untangle what has been entangled in Ravel Ravel.

The undercurrent of Sala's projects, such as Intervista (Finding Words) or Ravel Ravel Unravel, is a fundamentally personal exploration of intimate, interwoven stories, resonating themes of a changing society and the individual. The artist's interest in transition and rupture is demonstrated by the way in which he relates language, sound, music. The impact of his work featured at the world's top venues and exhibitions endorses Sala's conviction that art can transcend cultural references without losing any of its specificity, nor indeed, its power.

Text courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Anri Sala Featured Artworks

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Resting Spells #6 by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaResting Spells #6, 2018Mouth-blown glass
32 x 29 cm
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Casa Zoo IV by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaCasa Zoo IV, 2001Colour photograph mounted on aluminium
110 x 165 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
Hidden Songs (PP/AS) by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaHidden Songs (PP/AS), 2019Heat-set toner powder and embossing on laser-cut 5ply RJ spectrum black 380gsm paper
43.2 x 43.2 x 3.8 cm (incl frame)
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Muraena Ophis/England) by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaUntitled (Muraena Ophis/England), 2018Ink and rust on paper; vintage hand-coloured etching on paper, 2 parts

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The Last Resort by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaThe Last Resort, 201742-channel sound installation including 38 altered snare drums, loudspeaker parts, snare stands, drumsticks, soundtrack and 4 speakers; 58 min 28 sec
850 x 850 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
No Window No Cry, (Oscar Niemeyer, Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Sao Paulo) by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaNo Window No Cry, (Oscar Niemeyer, Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Sao Paulo), 2010Music box, glass, window frame
130.5 x 174 x 8 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Airport by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaAirport, 2005Colour photograph on aluminium
107 x 160 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Lines on Black (Höller, Tiravanija, Rehberger) by Anri Sala contemporary artwork
Anri SalaLines on Black (Höller, Tiravanija, Rehberger), 2016Screen print and flocking on black Stonehenge paper
128 x 128 cm
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Anri Sala Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Visionaries: The Special Project for MSAC 10th Anniversary I at Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
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8 February–7 March 2020 Group Exhibition Visionaries: The Special Project for MSAC 10th Anniversary I Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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25 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, STPI Prints (Deacon, Lim, Sala, Tiravanija) at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
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24 January–18 March 2020 Group Exhibition STPI Prints (Deacon, Lim, Sala, Tiravanija) Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris

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Anri Sala In Related Press

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The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale 30 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries...

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Strange Days review – fishy kisses, naked prancing and ribald revenge Related Press Strange Days review – fishy kisses, naked prancing and ribald revenge 3 October 2018, The Guardian

Strange Days: Memories of the Future is overwhelming: complex, at times annoying and confusing, repetitive, uplifting and baffling. Like life, really. Films and videos by 21 artists are spread over three floors of the Store X on London's Strand.

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Review: Anri Sala's The Last Resort 'an exemplary work of public art' Related Press Review: Anri Sala's The Last Resort 'an exemplary work of public art' 17 October 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald

Historians can never agree about the so-called "Age of Enlightenment". The narrow definition has it beginning with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and ending with the French Revolution in 1789. The long version begins somewhere in the late 1600s and fizzles out in 1815 with Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.

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A Venice Biennale About Art, With the Politics Muted Related Press A Venice Biennale About Art, With the Politics Muted 7 May 2017, The New York Times

In 2015, the Venice Biennale with Okwui Enwezor as curator sometimes felt more like a political manifesto, with readings from Marx's Das Kapital and work that touched on climate change, colonialism and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The curator of this year's Biennale, Christine Macel, had a different vision: to put artists and...

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