Gallery On The Move is proud to present Anri Sala’s “Early Works II”. In this exhibition the artist presents some of his videos from the early 2000s. "Arena" (2001), for example, comprises only location shots of a site whose function cannot clearly be identified. Long corridors with glass walls open on to a lawn upon which stray dogs rest lethargically. Repeated faint animal noises of an exotic nature are audible. Time runs empty in this place outside the social world. In "Missing Landscape" (2001) the scenario of boys playing football is rendered with a similar atmosphere. The game takes place on a rubble-strewn field in front of a scenic backdrop of snow-covered mountains, somewhere outside time on the edge of the world. The game could go on forever. This strange sense of timelessness also characterises "Uomo Duomo" (Man Cathedral, 2000). In this video loop an old man can be seen dozing on a bench in a dimly lit cathedral. With his head sunk forward on to his chest he seems on the verge of falling over, only to regain his balance in the last moment - an old and fragile body caught in a continuous state of suspense within the circular timeframe of a loop. In these pieces Sala touches the bedrock of experience. A level of the real on which, unmoved by the turbulence of history and society, time passes, bodies age and life continues.
Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania. After studying at the Albanian Academy of Arts in Tirana (1992−1996), Sala moved to France, where he was enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (1996−1998) and the Le Fresnoy studio in Tourcoing (1998−2000). His work has been selected for numerous biennials, including those in Berlin (2001, 2006), Moscow (2007), São Paulo (2002, 2010), Sydney (2006) and Venice (1999, 2001, 2003), Documenta 13 (2012), and he has had major solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien (2003), the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2004), the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (2008−2009), Serpentine Gallery in London (2012), Centre Pompidou in Paris (2013), New Museum New York (2016) among others. Sala was selected to represent France in the 55th edition of the Venice biennale. His works are in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), MoMA (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Tate Modern (London). Sala currently lives and works in Berlin, and is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, Hauser & Wirth in Zurich and London, Kurimanzutto in Mexico DF and Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris.
Image: Anri Sala, Uomo Duomo, color, sound, 1'41”, 2000, courtesy of Chantal Crousel Paris