Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Finnish, b. 1959

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Finnish, b. 1959

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila explores the complexities of human experience and suffering in films, projection works, and photography. Influenced by philosophers and feminist thinkers, Ahtila’s emotionally charged narratives often take on female trauma, probing ideas around identity and the relationship between self and other. She is concerned with “how the subconscious is inherited in some way,” as she describes. In The Wind (2002), which is based on interviews with women who suffered mental breakdowns, Ahtila portrays the internal experience of one woman battling such a collapse. In Where Is Where? (2009), a six-channel projected installation, a European poet, with the help of a character personifying Death, tries to understand an event that occurred 50 years earlier during the Algerian war, when two Arab boys killed their French friend.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 8 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
Biography

Eija-Liisa Ahtila explores the complexities of human experience and suffering in films, projection works, and photography. Influenced by philosophers and feminist thinkers, Ahtila’s emotionally charged narratives often take on female trauma, probing ideas around identity and the relationship between self and other. She is concerned with “how the subconscious is inherited in some way,” as she describes. In The Wind (2002), which is based on interviews with women who suffered mental breakdowns, Ahtila portrays the internal experience of one woman battling such a collapse. In Where Is Where? (2009), a six-channel projected installation, a European poet, with the help of a character personifying Death, tries to understand an event that occurred 50 years earlier during the Algerian war, when two Arab boys killed their French friend.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
Articles Featuring Eija-Liisa Ahtila
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