Anri Sala

The Society for Contemporary Art invites you to the opening of focus: Anri Sala Thursday, 21 October 2004 The film and video work of Anri Sala (born Albania, 1974) is emblematic of an emerging generation of enormously promising artists who hail from places in Europe once believed to exist outside the mainstream discourses of art history. At present, such artists are transforming our understanding of the geographic, political, aesthetic, and intellectual boundaries of contemporary European art. Sala grew up in Tirana during the brutally repressive Communist era and witnessed Albania?s arduous, uncertain conversion to capitalism. In the mid 1990?s, he moved to Paris to study film and video. Since that time, he has received widespread acclaim for his blend of documentary, narrative, and autobiographical approaches. His separation from his native country imbues his practice with a dual consciousness: all of his works?exploring the dissonance between language and image, speech and action, appearances and elusive historical fact?record everyday situations that inevitably become allegories for a troubled society in transition. Among his most noteworthy and praised work is “Intervista” (1998), in which Sala explores the history of the Albanian revolution through found television footage of his mother?s activities as a leader of the Communist youth alliance. The film follows Sala?s efforts to recover the contents of his mother?s interview, now silent without its original soundtrack. After deaf-lip readers succeed in restoring the dialogue, Sala?s mother expresses disbelief in her own na?ve recital of party jargon, ironically remarking, ?We were living in a deaf and dumb system.? For this focus exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago Sala is proud to present the world premiere of a new installation commissioned by the museum, his first 35 mm film, “Now I See” (2004).

Lecture
The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

05:30PM – 06:30PM – Reception
Gallery 135

06:30PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium
Members – $15