CURRENT EXHIBITIONS BY EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
HORIZONTAL – Connect Me, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design,
Kolding, Denmark, Sep 24, 2022 - Aug 13, 2023
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Future Cities, Daejeon Art and Science Biennale,
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 2 - Oct 30, 2022
IF 6 WAS 9 – Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden, Apr 9 - Sep 11, 2022
HORIZONTAL – World Living Soils Forum, La Grande Halle, Arles, France,
May 22 – Jun 2, 2022
THE ANNUNCIATION, THE BRIDGE – Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, USA,
Jan 27 - May 7, 2022
CASTING PORTRAITS – Images of Humanity, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg,
Germany Oct 30, 2021 - Apr 10, 2022
HORIZONTAL – Ars Fennica, Hämeenlinna Museum, Hämeenlinna, Finland,
Oct 15, 2021 - Mar 3, 2022
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Diversity United, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,
Russia, Nov 22, 2021 - (Mar 9, 2022), CLOSED Feb 24, 2022
IF 6 WAS 9 – Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 23, 2021 - Feb 20, 2022
HORIZONTAL – Lichtsicht Triennale, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany,
Oct 22, 2021 - Feb 20, 2022
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – National Gallery of Art, Vilnus, Lithuania,
July 31 - Oct 3, 2021
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Secrets of Alidades, The Saudi Art Council, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 4 – Sep 30, 2021
HORIZONTAL – Finlayson Art Area, Tampere, Finland, June 18 - Aug 22, 2021
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, May 12 - Aug 2, 2021
HORIZONTAL – Diversity United, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany,
May 4 - July 31, 2021
HORIZONTAL – Lichtsicht Triennale, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany,
Oct 23, 2020 - Feb 21, 2021
HORIZONTAL – Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK, Mar 4 - Oct 31, 2020
THE HOUSE – Istanbul Billboard Project, Istanbul, Turkey, Oct 5 - 18, 2020
HORIZONTAL – Axis of Horizon, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul,
South Korea, May 6 - May 31, 2020
HORIZONTAL – VARIABLE VERSIONS
HORIZONTAL is a six-channel moving portrait of a living spruce tree.
The attempt to film a spruce tree brings the portrayer face to face with the technical apparatus constructed as an extension of the human eye and perception. It also invites us to consider the preconditions of anthropocentric dramaturgy and the valuations it engenders in images and in the order of representation. It is a record of its existence as a living organism, or perhaps more to the point, a presentation of the difficulty of perceiving and recording a spruce tree with the methods of visual documentation invented by humans.
HORIZONTAL is always adjusted to the current exhibition space… constructed by human beings.
Stills: Hayward Gallery, London; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Salon Dahlman, Berlin; Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Lichtsicht Triennale, Bad Rothenfelde.
RETROSPECTIVE – EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Kino Regina, Finnish Film Archive, Helsinki, Mar 30 - May 11, 2022
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA, THE ANNUNCIATION, THE HOUR OF PRAYER, LOVE IS A TREASURE, CONSOLATION SERVICE, TODAY, IF 6 WAS 9, ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
P(L)AIN TRUTH by ILPPO POHJOLA
Queer Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Apr 26 - 30, 2022
Vinokino Festival Tour: Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Helsinki, Joensuu, Finland,
Oct 22 - Dec 5, 2021
DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY by ILPPO POHJOLA
Fotografiska New York, NY, USA, Jun 16, 2021
Tom of Finland 100 Years Celebration, London, UK, May 9, 2020 –Cancelled
Queer Lisboa - International Queer Film Festival, Portugal, Sep 20 - 28, 2019
Films4fags, Tom of Finland House, Los Angeles, California, USA, Aug 17, 2019
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, Feb 7 - 17, 2019
RETROSPECTIVE – EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Suomalaisen elokuvan festivaali, Turku, Finland, Sep 23, 2021
STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA, THE ANNUNCIATION,
THE HOUR OF PRAYER, LOVE IS A TREASURE, CONSOLATION SERVICE,
TODAY, IF 6 WAS 9, ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
RETROSPECTIVE – EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Filmforum, Duisburg, Germany, Oct 10, 2019
THE ANNUNCIATION, THE HOUR OF PRAYER, TODAY, IF 6 WAS 9, ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – Premiers
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE (2018)
Moving image sculpture in 3 parts:
#1 – Angular video sculpture
#2 – Two research tables
#3 – Vertical single channel projection
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE 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, with the potential for empathy and love.
Future Cities, Art and Science Biennale,
Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea,
Aug 2 - Oct 30, 2022
New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia, Nov 22, 2021 - CLOSED Feb 24, 2022
National Gallery of Art, Vilnius,
Secrets of Alidades, Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia, 2021
National Museum of Contemporary Art,
Seoul, Korea, 2021
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg,
Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, 2018/19
M-Museum, Leuven, Belgium, 2018
Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2018
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, 2018
FRANCESCA WOODMAN & EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
On Visuality and the Presentation of Emotions in the Space of Media Art
The phenomenological encounter with the works of the American photographer Francesca Woodman and the Finnish video artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila forms the focus of the publication. The relationship between the body and space is explored in the context of perception and emotion, making use of theories of embodiment as well as recent research in emotion studies.
DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY ON BLURAY IN USA & CANADA
Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber has released digitally restored and remastered version of Daddy and the Muscle Academy by Ilppo Pohjola on BluRay in the US and Canada.
"Tom of Finland is one of the major icons of the gay world. Taking inspiration from his World War II army days, 1950s American bodybuilding magazines and biker movies, Tom’s erotic drawings of uniformed and leather-clad beefcake have become a permanent fixture of 20th-century iconography.
Completed shortly before his death in 1991, Daddy and the Muscle Academy: The Life, Art and Times of Tom of Finland is the definitive, ground-breaking documentary of the man and the artist. Newly restored from the original camera negative, it combines interviews with Tom himself, commentary from his “leather men”, hundreds of original drawings, and fantasy scenes inspired by his work."
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.
POTENTIALITIES OF LOVE
An extended, thematic book inspired by Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s sculptural installation.
Potentialities of Love reflects on themes central to Ahtila’s artistic practice. It expands on the visual approach of her thoughts, using her latest hybrid cinematic installation, Potentiality for Love as a starting point.
It focuses on Otherness, Animal Lives, and Love/Compassion, and discusses how these three themes are interlinked. —1st part of the book is providing a brief sketch for a historical/philosophical background of the construction of the concept of the animal as the other. 2nd part discusses embodiedness and vulnerability, from the point of animals’ experience and biographies. 3rd part is returning to the theme of love and its connection with the other, and expands on the artist’s work in relation to an aesthetics of love.
These themes are central to Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s artistic thinking, especially as she has been engaging with animals’ experience and intersubjectivity between animals and humans. Creatureliness traverses all her work — how can the sense of creaturely exposure and mutual belongingness be evoked in moving image installations; is it possible for this sense to become a basis for an ethics of nonviolence?
Potentialities of Love is ’an intellectual art book’, which by using variety of image sources and contemporary graphics design approach —combined with high end print quality— elevates the book format to a level of an independent work of art.
RECENT TV screening
AFTER EVERYTHING by PEKKA SASSI
An encounter with the unknown in extreme circumstances.
AFTER EVERYTHING tells a story of two boys in a world where brutality, inhumanity and killing an angel are commonplace and part of everyday routine. It leads to a situation in which brutality is victorious, yet beyond total destruction there is also room for a new beginning.
The atmosphere of doom is emphasised by the combination of black-and-white footage, harsh settings and industrial noise music.
AFTER EVERYTHING is a melancholy song of destruction, yet there is hope even in its finality. It is a tragedy that dives so deep into darkness that one almost runs out of breath, but ultimately light is victorious, blinding and purifying.
RECENT Photographic work
HORIZONTAL is a six-image portrait of a living spruce. —The work is a record of its existence as a living organism, or perhaps more to the point, a presentation of the difficulty of perceiving and recording a spruce tree with the methods of visual documentation invented by humans.
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA @ MMCA, SEOUL, KOREA
“Axis of Horizon introduces notable works by international artists who propose new perspectives from which to see nature. With the COVID-19 taking a toll on societies in Korea and other parts of the world, I hope that the works in this exhibition offer consolation, a sense of healing, and new artistic discourses for the audience to find new hope.” ...
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA @ HAYWARD GALLERY, LONDON, UK
“Now when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, the exhibition brings together the work of artists who urge us to think about the essential roles that trees and forests play in our lives and psyches. Hopefully visitors will leave the exhibition with a renewed sense of appreciation for both the beauty and complexity of these indispensable organisms....
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA @ U-JAZDOWSKI, WARSAW
" An especially important point for the review, because it refers directly to the cinematic language, is the artistic essay Studies on the Ecology of Drama by Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. She proposes exercises with a camera, showing interventions which are crucial for the construction of film subjectivity and shocking in their simplicity. ...
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA RETROSPECTIVE @ M MUSEUM, LEUVEN
"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. Her interest includes the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existe...
ELA @ AUSTRALIAN CENTER FOR MOVING IMAGE, MELBOURNE
"ACMI presents Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Studies on the Ecology of Drama, a four-screen projected installation on view from 5 December, 2017 to 25 February, 2018. Filmed in the Finnish countryside, a ‘human actor’ guides us through a series of thoughtful yet playful visual exercises. Using animation and visual effects, we’re invited to consider the way cinema contributes t...
RECENT affairs from the archives
A LIE NEEDS ONLY TO BE REPEATED
TEN TIMES TO BECOME TRUE
by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
1987 | Text installation on bulletin boards and stickers
POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE
‘The human’ is achieved by escaping or repressing not just its animal origins in nature, the biological, and the evolutionary, but more generally by transcending the bonds of materiality and embodiment altogether.”
Moving image sculpture in 3 silent parts dealing with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings.
Studies on the Ecology of Drama
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?”
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.
BEYOND THE BLACK HOLE
OF THE SUN
Hand painted celluloid animation with CGI.
Ambient abstractions for 3D SILVER SCREEN or 2D PUBLIC SPACE with musique concrète. – In production.
4k digital remastering project
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.
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