Anri Sala is a French/Albanian contemporary artist who rose to international acclaim for accomplished videos and films, informed by his personal experience to reflect on the social and political changes taking place in native Albania. His remarkable works composed of documentary, narrative and autobiographical approaches highlight cultural transitions, history and collective memory—enhancing these recurrent themes through the use of sound and image.
Sala has exhibited widely at 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; and has participated in the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo and Manifesta, among others.
Numerous awards include Best Documentary Film awards at the Entrevues film festival in Belfort, France (1998); the International Documentary Film in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1999); the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival (2000) and the Prix Gilles Dusein (2000). He has also won the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale (2001), The Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Absolut Art Award (2001), The Vincent Prize (2014) and the 10th Benesse Prize. Sala had a major exhibition in New Museum in February 2016, which marked the most comprehensive survey of his work in the US.