Intervista (Finding the Words)

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Intervista (Finding the Words)
FR 1998
Intervista (Finding the Words), 1998, © Anri Sala. Galerie Hauser & Wirth
Intervista (Finding the Words), 1998, © Anri Sala. Galerie Hauser & Wirth
Intervista (Finding the Words), 1998, © Anri Sala. Galerie Hauser & Wirth

At the age of 23 the art student Anri Sala travelled from Paris to his hometown Tirana, the capital of Albania. In his parents’ home he finds a 16mm b&w film roll which will open up a new world to him. The material shows the dictator Enver Hoxha and a young activist at a communist party youth congress. The activist is Sala’s mother Valdet. The sound track is missing and Valdet can no longer remember what she, as a fervent communist, once said in the interview following Hoxha’s appearance. Sala sets off in search of his mother’s lost language. “It appealed to me that I was dealing with a type of silent film. The whole thing was the perfect mirror image of the social changes that had affected my country and with this work I could react to them.” (Anri Sala)

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video, col, 26 min

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