Intervista (finding the words)


Anri Sala ( Albanian, 1974 )

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General Description

Intervista is Anri Sala's first video and was created when he was still a student at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. It emerged out of the discovery of a black-and-white 16mm newsreel when helping his parents move to a new apartment in Tirana, Albania. The newsreel, which was made in the 1970s at the time of Enver Hoxha's regime and no longer has its soundtrack, shows his mother Valdet, who was one of the leaders of the Albanian Communist Youth Union, attending a congress and then being interviewed after a meeting of the union's West German counterpart. The story unfolds as the artist attempts to recover the words spoken by his mother. Drawing on a documentary style of filmmaking, Sala unravels his mother's involvement in Albania's communist past, providing a rich and detailed background of archival and contemporary footage and forcing both a personal and more broadly cultural reconsideration of past and present in the newly democratic country.

Adapted from

  • Suzanne Weaver, "Concentrations 41: Anri Sala, Intervista and Nocturnes," (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2002), n.p.

  • Charles Wylie, "From Object to Image: Sculpture, Installation, Media," in Fast forward: contemporary collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, eds. María de Corral and John R. Lane (Dallas Museum of Art ; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007), 223-227.