Anri Sala (b. 1974, Albania) rose to international acclaim for accomplishing moving images that explores non-linguistic modes of expression. His works are composed of documentary, narrative, and autobiographical approaches; with recurring themes of cultural transitions and collective memory. Informed by his personal experiences, the artist reflects on the social and political changes taking place in his native country, while presenting them in modified environments through sound and light design.
Together with internationally renowned and accomplished artists Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, the four of them celebrated STPI’s 15th year milestone as they take on a daring challenge to create artworks with the experimental institution through blind collaboration fueled by pure instinct and spontaneity. The collaborative works were showcased in a group exhibition, Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala & Rirkrit Tiravanija: Exquisite Trust (Blindly Collective Collaborations) (2017).
His recent solo and group exhibitions include Faith Love Hope, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2018); The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (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); The Vincent Award 2014, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (2014); Air Cushioned Ride, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2013); Anri Sala, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012); French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2011); Anri Sala, Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); and Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010).
Anri Sala’s work has been a part of biennials such as: the International Art Exhibitions and French and Albanian Pavilions at the Venice Biennial (2017, 2003, 2013, 1999); Yokohama Triennale (2017, 2001); Bienal de la Habana (2015); The Fifth Auckland Triennial (2014); Berlin Biennale (2014, 2006, 2002); Sharjah Biennial (2013); Gwangju Biennale (2012). He has also exhibited at various institutions, including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Art Institute of Chicago; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.