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Anri Sala

Le Temps coudé

Over the past two decades Anri Sala (*1974, Tirana) has created an exceptional body of films and installations in which sound, music and the projected image come together to express themes of lived and historic time. This exhibition, which extends over two floors of Mudam, presents major installations, film works and drawings created by Sala in the past five years. The title Le Temps coudé, borrows from the French phrase ‘faire un coude’ and refers to warps or bends in our experience of what we see, hear and know.

Far from being mere accompaniments to the image, sound and music play a key role in Sala’s works, employed by the artist for their ability to reveal and ‘open up’ the space of the present. Drawing upon a range of music styles, from classical and free jazz to pop and contemporary music, Sala evokes an idea of collective, historical and cultural memory via immersive, sensorial installations.

This focus on experience is also found in the way Sala orchestrates the presentation of his works. Each exhibition is unique in configuration and is designed, to quote Sala, as a ‘continuum of presences and flows’, a ‘site of conjunctions and interrelations,’ in which the physical presence of the viewer is an active component.

Biographical note

Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania. He lives and works in Berlin. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in museums including the Museo Tamayo in Mexico (2017), the New Museum in New York (2016), the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2014), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2012), the Serpentine Gallery in London (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (2008) and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan (2005). In 2013, he represented France at the 55th Venice Biennale. He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennials, such as the 12th Havana Biennial (2015), the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), the 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012), Documenta 13 (2012), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), the 2nd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (2007) and the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006). He has received the Vincent Award (2014), the 10th Benesse Prize (2013), the Absolut Art Award (2011) and the Young Artist Prize of the Venice Biennale (2001).

Credits

Curator:
  • Suzanne Cotter
    Assisted by Sarah Beaumont

Exhibition design:
  • Studio Anri Sala / METAFORM Architects

Sound design:
  • Olivier Goinard