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Anri Sala (born 1974) is an Albanian contemporary artist whose primary medium is video.

Anri Sala
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Anri Sala at MACBA Barcelona
Anri Sala

1974 (1974)

Life and careerEdit

Sala studied art at the Albanian Academy of Arts from 1992 to 1996. He also studied video at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and film direction in Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing. He lives and works in Paris.

Sala's video installation Dammi i colori ("Give me the colors") was on display at Tate Modern in London. The installation reflects on the transformation of Tirana in 2003 by means of colors. The installation includes a conversation with Tirana's mayor, Edi Rama, a personal friend of the artist's and the force behind this transformation. Sala will participate in ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012).[1]

Answer Me (2008) was filmed in a Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome in Berlin, a former NSA surveillance tower, which was constructed on the Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain).[2]

He represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Sala presented Le Clash (2010), Tlatelolco Clash (2011) and Doldrum (2014) as a mixed installation in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and in November 2014 he won the Vincent Award.


Solo exhibitionsEdit



  • Ravel-Ravel-unRavel, French Pavilion,Biennale di Venezia





  • Blindfold, Galerie Johnen and Schöttle, Köln
  • Kunsthalle Wien, Wien
  • Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italien



  • De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam
  • Galerie Johnen and Schöttle, Cologne (with Martin Boyce)
  • Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (with Torsten Slama)


  • Galerie Chantal Croussel, Paris


  • Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

Group exhibitionsEdit



  • Situated Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade




  • el aire es azul – the air is blue, Casa Museo Luis Barragán
  • Missing Landscape, Galerie Johnen and Schöttle, Cologne
  • In Search of Balcania, Graz
  • The mind is a horse, Bloomberg Space, London
  • Geschichte(n), Salzburger Kunstverein
  • Haunted by Details, DeAppel, Amsterdam
  • Cardinales, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo



  • Media City Seoul 2000, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Seoul
  • Geographies: Darren Almond – Graham Gussin – Anri Sala, Galerie Chantal Croussel, Paris
  • voilà- le monde dans la tête, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris
  • Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • The world in mind, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Wie Weg - Disappeared, Association for Contemporary Art, Graz
  • Wider Bild Gegen Wart- Positions to a political discours, Raum Aktueller Kunst, Vienna
  • Man muss ganz schön viel lernen, um hier zu funktionieren, Frankfurter Kunstverein



  • Ostrenanije-97, Video Festival, Bauhaus, Dessau


  • Tunnel 95, National Gallery, Tirana
  • Spring 95, First Prize, National Gallery, Tirana
  • Symposium Kultur Kontakt, Kunsthaus Horn, Austria

Short filmsEdit


  • Quelle histoire? (Mirage Illimité), Paris
  • Nocturnes (Le Fresnoy), Tourcoing. Selected at the Rencontres cinématographiques, Tourcoing (1999); selected at the Short Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand (2000)


  • Intervista - finding the words (Ideale Audience, ENSAD), Paris. Best Film Award, Estavar Video Festival, Estavar. Best Documentary Film Award, Entrevues Festival, Belfort. Best Short Film Award, Amascultura Festival, Portugal. Best Documentary Film Award, International Documentary Film Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1999). Best Documentary Film Award, Filmfest 2000, Tirana

Recognition and awardsEdit

  • Vincent Award (2014)
  • Absolut Art Award (2011)
  • Young Artist Prize at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001)
  • Prix Gilles Dusein, Paris (2000)
  • Best Documentary Film Award from the Filmfest in Tirana (2000)
  • International Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela (1999).[10]
  • Hugo Boss Prize (2002)

Essential bibliographyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Anri Sala: Purchase Not By Moonlight, May 6 - June 20, 2009 Marian Goodman, New York.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Anri Sala exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries 2011
  5. ^ "Anri Sala Beirut Art Center". Nafas Art Magazine, Universes in Universe. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  6. ^ "TWA Terminal Named as One of the Nation's Most Endangered Places". Municipal Art Society New York, February 9th, 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  7. ^ a b "A Review of a Show You Cannot See"., Tom Vanderbilt, January 14, 2005. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Now Boarding: Destination, JFK". The Architects Newspaper, September 21, 2004. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "Art Exhibition at JFK Airport's TWA Terminal Abruptly Shut Down". Architectural Record, John E. Czarnecki,, October 11, 2004. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Anri Sala Marian Goodman Gallery.

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