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Anri Sala
Author: Anri Sala

ISBN: 9780714845272
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 31 October 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 25.0 x 1.9
The first monograph on this eastern European artist's celebrated work.

Anri Sala's video 'Intervista' (1998) begins with the artist moving house and finding an old 16 mm film in a box. On it he can see an interview with a young woman, whom he recognizes as his mother, being interviewed for state television in their native Albania. Without the sound reel the sense of the interview is lost, so Sala enlists lip-readers to restore the missing words. When he shows the subtitled film to his mother, she reacts to the words of her younger self with disbelief - could she really have spouted the empty rhetoric the ruling party? When the film cuts to a shot of her smiling beside the party leaders, the video shows her lifting a hand to her mouth in astonishment, or perhaps recognition. Raised in Albania, Sala relocated to Paris to attend the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, and moved to Berlin in 2003.

In a relatively short time, he has developed a vision that addresses the issues of a posthistorical world with a haunting simplicity that transcends cultures and borders. While his work's technical simplicity recalls straight documentary practices, its basic co...

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