Anri Sala, Intervista (Finding the Words), 1998 (still). Single-channel video, stereo sound, color; 26:39 min. © Anri Sala. Courtesy Idéale Audience International, Paris; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anri Sala’s Intervista (Finding the Words) (1998) and Nocturnes (1999) will be screened in the New Museum Theater in conjunction with “Anri Sala: Answer Me.”
Intervista (Finding the Words) (1998), Sala’s first video, stemmed from his accidental discovery of two twenty-year-old film reels that show his mother, Valdet Sala, proclaiming the achievements of the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania. Inaugurating Sala’s interest in how language falters in times of historical and political upheaval, Intervista also underscores his awareness of how the idealism of the past manifests itself in the present and informs our ability to imagine the future.
Nocturnes (1999) toggles between intimate portraits of two individuals as they cope with social isolation and anxiety: Jacques, who collects and cares for hundreds of fish, and Denis, an ex-mercenary who battles fictional enemies in PlayStation games. Sala adopts documentary strategies in his depictions of Jacques and Denis, but also edits his footage to weave their narratives together, blurring the distinction between the two men and between fact and fiction.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.
Full support for “Anri Sala: Answer Me” can be viewed here.