For many years now, Anri Sala has worked mainly with film. Besides the moving pictures in Sala’s films, the aural universe is very much a part of the experience of sensed time. A physical experience that makes us feel the emotions lived out by the saxophonist in Long Sorrow or the intense drama experienced by the woman in 1395 Days without Red on her way through the streets of Sarajevo. The exhibition presents four films that range musically from jazz improvisation to popular music and classical music.
Sala demonstrates a particular way of using music. One of the things that interest the artist is the process of musical creation. It is the intention – the moment of genesis – that is in focus and forms a strong strand in Sala’s work.
The saxophonist’s improvisation, the rehearsal of the symphony orchestra, the response of the drummer, etc. But music also has a structuring function. In several of Sala’s works we experience a more formal approach to the use of music, where the works relate to the rhythm or temporal structuring also found in music: tempo, measure, repetition, rhythm, but also silence and the pause, are all musical elements that concern the artist and hold both visual and aural meaning.
The use of music opens up a universe of understanding free of linguistic constraints. The works shown here are on the whole non-verbal, although they are full of stories. Not transparent stories, though. The works are characterized by a non-narrative structure where a certain absence of information leaves the disoriented viewer with the job of assembling all the pieces into a meaning.
Thematically, Anri Sala’s works encompass both political awareness and an interest in human relations, and you always feel that the material content of his works is rooted in personal experience – social, political or private, although it is only felt as a subtle background.
Anri Sala was born in Albania in 1974, trained at the National Academy of Arts, Tirana, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing. Currently the artist lives in Berlin.
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8 works are presented in the exhibit.
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Louisiana has collaborated with Anri Sala on an APP for iPad, featuring an introductory text by Sanne Krogh Groth, lecturer at Roskilde University, short texts on the 8 works in the exhibit, and reference articles by e.g. Michael Fried, art critic, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, art historian and director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. In addition, the works in the exhibition are represented either by photo illustrations or film clips.
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