About the artists
Šejla Kamerić was born in 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She uses mainly photography and video as media juxtaposing an explicit social context with intimate perspectives. Her approach to art also includes public interventions, diverse types of actions and site-specific installations. She won the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania ONUFRI award for 2004, Special award at (46th) October Salon, Belgrade in 2005 and The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity in 2011. Šejla received DAAD- Berlin, Artist in Residency Fellowship for 2007. Her works have been exhibited throughout Europe, in the USA and in Japan, and have been included in some prestigious European collections such as Muse d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; COFF, San Sebastian; collection of the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her first short film "What do I Know", premiered in Corto Cortissimo section of (64th) Venice International Film Festival and circulated over 40 film festivals winning Best Short Film awards at (5th) Zagreb Film Festival and (15th) Adana Film Festival.
Anri Sala was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1976 and grew up under the most repressive regime in Europe, the Stalinist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. His body of work, primarily in video, is distinguished not so much by a particular look or subject matter as by a specific sensibility. Working primarily with music and location-based filming, Sala’s works are precise evocations of particular sensibilities, made in places as far afield as Albania, Africa, Berlin and now Sarajevo.
Anri Sala was educated at the National Academy of Arts, Tirana; at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; and at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing. Sala has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of numerous prizes. Recent solo shows include Background/Foreground with Edi Rama (About Change Collection, Berlin, 2010) and Purchase Not By Moonlight at various galleries including Marian Goodman Gallery in New York (2009), Contemporary Arts Centre in Cincinatti (2009) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (2008). Concurrent with the London presentation of 1395 Days Without Red, the Serpentine will present an exhibition of his work. For further information visit serpentinegallery.org.
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Ari Benjamin Meyers was born in 1972 in New York and now lives in Berlin. He is a composer and conductor internationally known for his diverse output and as a specialist for complex, cross-genre productions. His work, which is increasingly being presented in an art context, often takes the form of productive sabotage: he constructs and deconstructs musical situations that play on the expectations of audiences. The range of his activities is evidenced by his many collaborations including with the artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Anri Sala, and Tino Sehgal, the bands Einstürzende Neubauten (with whom he has made two cd’s), The Orb, and The Residents, the performance group La Fura dels Baus, the interdisciplinary architecture team Raumlabor Berlin, and the electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnik. His most recent film score was for the French horror film La Meute, which had its premiere as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the founder of Soundfair and initiated the trend-setting project Club Redux – a platform in which he explored the pairing of contemporary music with dance and electronic music in a series of club nights in Berlin. The 17-piece Redux Orchestra that grew out of these performances has established itself as an independent force on the new music scene; their first solo CD was released on Potomak/Indigo and is a recording of Meyers’ 70 minute work SYMPHONY X. The German newspaper Die Zeit described his work this way: “A completely new music that doesn't even have a name yet.”