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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila — The House

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

The House

(2002)

© Crystal Eye-Kristallisilmä Oy Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris

Temporary Exhibition Galleries, Ground Floor

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a visual artist and skilled film maker who produces photographs and video or film installations that fill and subvert gallery spaces. She combines the objectivity of a documentary maker with the imaginary visualisations of a psychologist. She describes her films as 'human dramas'. Details of daily living, accounts of surreal activities and evidence of states of mind meld visually into works which are enhanced by the cinematic and televisual qualities of the media she uses.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is based in Helsinki, Finland, and has over the years researched and taken an interest in those who suffer from different forms of mental illness. Her fictional narratives are acted out by actors but are drawn from interviews and conversations, as well as from her own observation and memory. Often her works reflect the aftermath of a momentous event, an event that the viewer does not have full knowledge of. Much of her work reflects on the elementary emotions that underlie human relationships, those of love, jealousy, anger, vulnerability or sexuality. Sound, narrative voice-overs, music and layered time, all enhance the sense of psychological drama and draw the viewer into a complex world where reality and fiction become entwined.

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