Eija-Liisa Ahtila

(b. 1959)

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(1959– )

Finnish video artist, born in Hämeenlinna. Originally she made short films which could be seen on television or in cinemas. Later she used multi-screen projection to match the divided psyche of her subjects. Her work is presented in meticulously planned installations, her specifications including the colour of walls and draperies as well as the provision of seating. The fractured experience provided by the different screens matches the fractured vision of her subjects who totter on the edge of madness. In The House (2002) routine domesticity gradually becomes disrupted by, for instance, the appearance of a cow, originally seen on television, which wanders through the room, and a car that traverses the wall.

Further Reading

M. Vertrocq, ‘Eija-Liisa Ahtila is not going crazy’, Art in America (October 2002)

Subjects: Art.

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