Anri Sala: Time after Time

A night photo all in green with an unidentified object in the center.

Installation View, Anri Sala, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2007.

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In Time after Time Sala’s camera documents a solitary horse trapped in the middle of a highway, next to a median strip.

The lights of a fast-moving car briefly expose the horse’s famished state, then all is dark again, an action that is repeated several times. The animal’s situation is truly moving and disturbing, but no car stops. Neither does Sala’s camera, which focuses in and out on the animal as each car passes. Sala’s Time after Time is a moving metaphor for a clash of nature and progress, and our inability to focus on the needs of our fellow creatures.

Time after Time, was produced as part of Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, produced by Bick Productions (Ilene Kurtz Kretzschmar and Caroline Bourgeois) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Generous Funding for Point of View has been provided by the Executive Directors: Jumex Collection, Mexico, and Blink Digital, New York, and Sponsor: The New Art Trust, San Francisco.

About the Artist

Anri Sala was born in Tirana (Albania) in 1974. He is known for his innovative, conceptually driven documentaries that often involve sensory translations. His work has been included in Manifesta 4 (2002), the Yokohama Triennale (2001), and biennial exhibitions held in Berlin, Cetinje (the former Yugoslavia), Dakar, Istanbul, São Paolo, Taipei, Tirana (Albania), and Venice. Among his solo exhibitions are those at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, U.K. (2002), TRANS>area, New York (2002), the Dallas Museum of Art (2002), Kunsthalle Wien (2003), the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan (2003), the Art Institute of Chicago (2004), ARC Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2004), Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2004), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2005), and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA (2005).


This presentation of the Media Test Wall is generously supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Council for the Arts at MIT.