Eija Liisa Ahtila

Eija Liisa Ahtila

Love is a Treasure, 2002, 35mm, colore, sonoro, 55’

 Me/We, Okay, Gray,1993, 35mm, b/n, sonoro, 4’27’’

Today, 1996 /1997, 35mm, colore, sonoro, 10’

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, dealing e.g. with teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration and death. Her later works deal with profound and basic artistic questions where she investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existential thematic like colonialism, faith and posthumanism.

  • Me/We, Okay, and Gray (1993), three 90-second mini-films, each of which was shown separately and as a trilogy, as trailers in cinemas and on television during commercial breaks. Ahtila explores questions of identity and group relations through her use of narrative conventions derived from film, television and advertising.
  • If 6 was 9 (1995)
  • Today (1996), won Honorable Mention in 1998.
  • Consolation Service (1999), Received Venice biannual prize.
  • Love is a Treasure (2002)
  • The Hour of Prayer (2005)
  • Where is Where? (2008)
  • The Annunciation (2010)
  • Studies on the Ecology of Drama (2017)