Anri Sala

b. 1974 in Tirana, Albania; lives and works in Paris, France

The artist, whose primary medium is video, documents a man from Belgrade who, using only his vocal cords, produces an uncanny imitation of the sound of a Tomahawk missile, a common background noise during the NATO bombing campaign over Serbia in 1999. Naturalmystic focuses on a trauma, presented in a way that is neither self-pitying nor self-negating. The piece represents a strong statement on desensitization.


Stills from
Naturalmystic (tomahawk #2), 2002
Digital video projection, 2:08 min
Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Johnen + Schottle, Berlin, Cologne, Munich; Gallery Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, London; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

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