Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania, where he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts at the beginning of the 1990s. He then continued his training at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and Le Fresnoy, and Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France. While there, he turned his attention to video. He currently lives and works in Berlin. Using different media, ranging from video clips to documentaries, Sala bases his work on real details that he poetically transforms to reveal unusual aspects of the present. Adopting the point of view of minor characters, his videos deal with the great themes of life and transform small stories into universal tales. His works tend towards discreet recordings of secret or marginal realities to which the moving images gives a fragile existence, which is both documentary and magical. In the 1990s Dala was interested in portraying Albania following the Communist régime, but since 2000 his interest has moved to the study of sound and music in relation to images and architecture.
In 2013 Anri Sala represented France at the 55th Venice Biennale. The most important exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2014), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2011). His work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.