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Eija-Liisa Ahtila Biography

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Ahtila is noted for her experimental approach to narrative storytelling. In her earlier work, she dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, addressing family relations, mental disintegration and death. Her interests include the processes of perception and the attribution of meaning, at times in light of larger cultural and existential themes such as colonialism, faith and posthumanism.

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Since 2005, Ahtila has been working in eco-cinema, addressing how we should picture the world in light of global warming and other ecological crises. Ahtila posits an understanding of the environment that recognises these changes, and acknowledges the rights of other living beings on this planet as well as our responsibility to the environment. Consequently, her concerns have shifted towards rethinking the nature of drama if it were to move beyond the anthropocentric perspective, as in Horizontal (2011), for instance, which positions a tree as the protagonist.

For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Ahtila's new installation, Potentiality for Love (2018), is presented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Potentiality for Love deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. It turns attention to those human emotions that could serve as a foundation for dismantling the hierarchical structures between living things, thereby engendering a turn towards non-humans and the recognition of others.

Stephanie Berlangieri | Biennale of Sydney Exhibition Team | 2018

Eija-Liisa Ahtila Featured Artworks

Veil of Ignorance, 2003 (For Parkett 68) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila contemporary artwork
Eija-Liisa AhtilaVeil of Ignorance, 2003 (For Parkett 68), 2003Pure wool jacket with text printed on front (mirror-inverted) and back
Parkett Contact Gallery
Studies on the Ecology of Drama by Eija-Liisa Ahtila contemporary artwork
Eija-Liisa AhtilaStudies on the Ecology of Drama, 20144 channel projection installation, 27 mins 40 secs
Marian Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Potentiality for Love by Eija-Liisa Ahtila contemporary artwork
Eija-Liisa AhtilaPotentiality for Love, 2018Moving image sculpture in 3 silent parts
Marian Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery

Eija-Liisa Ahtila Represented By

Marian Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris, London

Eija-Liisa Ahtila In Related Press

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The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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