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Anri Sala: Dammi i Colori

Project Room 1 Sep 12–Nov 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 12
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Public Opening, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

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Anri Sala, Dammi i colori, 2003, Video and stereo sound, 15 minutes and 25 seconds, Courtesy of the Artist and Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris
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Anri Sala, Dammi i colori, 2003, Video and stereo sound, 15 minutes and 25 seconds, Courtesy of the Artist and Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris

Dammi i Colori (2003) is a video by Albanian artist Anri Sala which chronicles the work of Sala’s friend and former artist Edi Rama as Mayor of Tirana, Albania. Dammi i Colori evokes the city as canvas and champions art as a means for social transformation. Edi Rama became mayor of Tirana in 2000, and quickly went about re-painting the capital’s decaying buildings in brilliant, provocative colors and patterns. His aesthetic and political act was a powerful visualization of change—a source of both public debate and renewed civic pride. The 16-minute video will be on view in SMMoA’s Project Room 1 through November 15, 2014. Anri Sala: Dammi i Colori is organized by SMMoA Executive Director Elsa Longhauser.

The exhibition accompanies Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy in the Museum’s Main Gallery. Organized by independent curator Lucía Sanromán, Citizen Culture celebrates the power of art to spark dialogue, create new modes of civic engagement, and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed. 

Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He studied painting at the National Academy of Arts in Tirana, video at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and film directing at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. In 2001, he received the Young Artist Prize at the 49th Venice Biennale. His works have been widely shown internationally, at institutions including MAMCO, Geneva; Dallas Museum of Art; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He also participated in the 49th, 50th, and 55th Venice Biennales; the 24th Bienal de Sao Paolo; Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, Germany and Uniform: Order and Disorder at P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York.

This exhibition has been made possible by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional support has been provided by SMMoA’s Ambassadors Circle.