Eija-Liisa Ahtila | the artist




The artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Born 1959, Hameenlinna, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki.

Style and technique of the artist: The Vincent Award, Video, Photography, Artes Mundi Prize, Documenta Kassel, Sao Paulo Biennale,

In Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s films and videos, ordinary suffering inhabits the bodies of her female subjects and takes over, spilling into such neurotic activities as crawling on a freeway overpass, lying face up in a puddle of mud, acting like a dog or blocking up all the windows and doors of a house so as to keep out distractions.


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Love, sexuality, jealousy, anger, vulnerability, and reconciliation – the powerful emotions underlying human relationships are explored in the works of Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Ahtila has described her work as ‘human dramas’, fictional narratives that emerge from lengthy periods of research as well as from her own observations and experiences. The process of emotional reconciliation is a recurrent motif: her characters move between past and present without relying on a conventional cinematic ‘flashback’. In recent work, the border between ‘self’ and ‘other’ is investigated as the viewer is invited to peer inside the minds of individuals caught in moments of psychological fragility…
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: real characters, invented worlds.
»Consolation Service« follows a young finnish couple, Anni and J-P, as they make public their decision to divorce. It is set in early spring in Helsinki, with its frozen landscape on the cusp of thawing…


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