Film still of a white woman with short hair wearing glasses with the text 'There is no soundtrack'

Anri Sala, Intervista (Finding the Words), 1998. Single-channel video and stereo sound. Duration: 26 min.


Anri Sala

30th – 4th August Available on our website

Rhubaba is delighted to present a screening of Anri Sala’s 1998 film Intervista (Finding the Words). The screening is programmed for …from tomorrow’s yesterdays, an ongoing reading and discussion group with content and texts selected by invited guest artists. Our current guest curator is Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa who selected the screening situated within themes of power and silencing. The selected accompanying texts are Venus in Two Acts by Saidiya Hartman, History and Desire by Adam Sitze, and Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot.

Intervista (Finding the Words) tells a story of both political and personal exploration of memory and history. Located in Tirana, Albania, a young Anri Sala finds and attempts to reconstruct a lost soundtrack to mute 16 mm film reel featuring his mother, Valdete Sala, who at the time was a member of the communist elite and supporter of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha. The search for the missing words can be read in multiple ways throughout the film, first present in the tension between ideology and language, time specificity and nonlinear narratives.

The online screening available from 30th-4th August. If you would like to join our reading group to access the texts please email with “from tomorrow’s yesterdays” as the subject line.

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Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Sala’s transformative, time-based works are constructed through multiple relationships between image, architecture and sound, utilizing these as elements to fold, capsize and question experience. His works investigate ruptures in language, syntax, and music in order to validate or invalidate narrative and composition, inviting creative dislocations which generate new interpretations of history, supplanting old fictions with new, less explicit, and less duplicitous ones.

Courtesy: Ideal Audience International, Paris; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich