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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Ilppo Pohjola

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Studies on the Ecology of Drama

“How to depict living things? How to approach them? How to convey a different way of being, another being's world? How to make it into a continuous event that becomes part of our idea of reality?”

STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA is a 4-channel projected moving image installation and single-channel film that uses the methods of presentation as a path to the company of other living beings. It expands upon the issues of ecological moving image narrative explored in her previous works – the focus in this work being on presentation, imaging and imagination in the context of the moving image.
 

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current screenings

WHERE IS WHERE? by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Algeria - Extract of Perfumes, Cinemateket, Oslo, Norway, Sep 7 - 17, 2017

STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Kettupäivät, Helsinki, Finland, Nov 15 - 19, 2017
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, Sep 28 - Oct 13, 2017
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, September 14 - 24, 2017
Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival, Finland, August 18 - 20, 2017
Curtas Vila do Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal, July 8 - 16, 2017 
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK, June 9 - 14, 2017
Festival of Audio-Visual Arts, Athens & Corfu, Greece, May 5 - June 11, 2017
LOOP, Barcelona, Spain, May 18 - 27, 2017
67th Berlin International Film Festival / Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany,
February 9 - 18, 2017

TODAY and NATURE OF THINGS by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
AVEK 30, Orion - Finnish Film Archive, Helsinki, Finland, Sep 8 - 10, 2017

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current shows

POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE & CO – Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland,
3.2.2018 - 6.1.2019
SERVERAL WORKS – Museum M, Leuven, Belgium, 18.5.2018 - Sep 2018
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE & CO – 21st Sydney Biennale, Australia, 16.3. - 11.6.2018
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA – ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, 5.12.2017 - 25.2.2018
THE HOUSE – Rachovsky Collection, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA, 10.7.–31.12.2017
SEVERAL WORKS – Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany, 11.9.–23.12.2017
FISHERMEN / ÉTUDES No 1 – You & I, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa, 13.9.–30.11.2017
THE ANNUNCIATION – Luther and the Avant-Garde, Former Prison of Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Germany, 18.5.–17.9.2017
FISHERMEN / ÉTUDES No 1 – Cubo Arte, Fundacion Mar Adentro, Coastline La Serena, Chile, 4.–8.9.2017
SEVERAL WORKS – Ecologías del drama, MAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Coruña, Spain, 27.4.–3.9.2017
CASTING PORTRAITS – LOOK AT US!, GNYP Gallery, Berlin, USA, 29.6.–12.8.2017
THE ANNUNCIATION – Vulgata, Kultum, Graz, Austria, 1.3.–8.7.2017
SCENOGRAPHER’S MIND – Dreamaholic, Weserburg Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, 1.3.–8.7.2017
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA, 1.3.–22.4.2017
IF 6 WAS 9 & CASTING PORTRAITS – Collection Westreich, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 10.6.2016–27.3.2017

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NEW PUBLICATIONS

RETROSPECTIVE CATALOGUE OF AHTILA’S WORKS IN SPANISH

On the occasion of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s major retrospective in Spain, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of A Coruña is publishing together with DARDO, the first Spanish language catalogue by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, presenting a cross section of her work.

The catalogue spans over 200 pages of museum views of installed works, photographic works, film stills and screen captures. The catalogue features a previously unpublished text by art historian Hanna Johansson The Temporal and Ecological Sphere of Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Film and The Moving Image as Witness by author Mieke Bal. Studies on the Ecology of Drama, Horizontal, Anthropomorphic Exercises on Film, The Annunciation, The House, Today and Dog Bites have been photographed at MAC and these never seen photographs are included, together with views from other shows by the artist.

ECOLOGIES OF DRAMA – TEXT ANTHOLOGY PUBLISHED IN USA

Albright-Knox Art Gallery has published a 300-page anthology featuring texts on Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s moving image works. The anthology, titled "Eija-Liisa Ahtila: ECOLOGIES OF DRAMA – Collected Writings, Interviews, and Scripts", features a great variety of essays and conversational articles by various authors, as well as the synopses and scripts of all Ahtila’s moving image works.

The anthology is an excellent source book of Ahtila's works, and describes how she has been a groundbreaking artist since the beginning of the 1990s, pioneering in creating a new genre in contemporary art, the multi-channel moving image installation.

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4K/2K DIGITAL RESTORATION PROJECT

Crystal Eye is remastering all existing works, installations and films by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Ilppo Pohjola. Detailed digital restoration is executed from the original camera and laboratory negatives and the original audio sources to reach maximum image and audio quality – without losing artist's original intention and the film look. The project will be finished by the end of this year.

pre+post vernissage views

Snapshots and phonepics from Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s shows – before, during and after the opening.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS FROM THE ARCHIVES

A LIE NEEDS ONLY TO BE REPEATED
TEN TIMES TO BECOME TRUE
(English translation)

VALHE TARVITSEE... 
by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA 

1987 | Text installation on bulletin boards and stickers


Eija-liisa Ahtila

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, however, deal with more 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. 

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s exhibitions, film screenings and related projects around the world.

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Contact: Eija-Liisa Ahtila
ahtila@crystaleye.fi
Tel. +358 9 694 2308

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is represented by 
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, London & Paris
www.mariangoodman.com

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s works are produced by Crystal Eye – Kristallisilmä Oy
www.crystaleye.fi

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