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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Parkett's Zurich Viewing RoomParkett
2018
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Potentiality for LoveMarian Goodman Gallery
2013
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures)Davis Museum
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Marian Ilmestys—The Annunciation, 2010

Video installation
Location
Wellesley
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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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