Eija-Liisa Ahtila




Photo series





Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Ilppo Pohjola



The Bridge2002/2015 | Single channel projection @ Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Finland

THE BRIDGE is a single-channel video installation about mental breakdown and the experience of psychosis. The work is based on interviews conducted by Ahtila, although the story and the dialogue are fictitious.

Part of The Bridge was shot in 2001 in Hämeenlinna on Vanajavesi Bridge next to to the local art museum.


Companions2011 | Children's monitor work @ Mobile Museum, various countries in West Africa

Mobile Museum a project initiated by UNESCO, was a mobile art mobile created for children who are not regularly exposed to contemporary – or any – art. The MOBILE MUSEUM was built atop a big lorry, which travelled from France to West Africa, through Burkina Faso to the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. The opening of the touring exhibition was held in Paris in October 2011.

COMPANIONS, captivates the joys of being a child, introducing the games and friends of childhood through an everyday fantasy.


The House2011 | Billboard project @ Opera de Bastille, Paris, France

A big tarpaulin featuring an image from Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s work THE HOUSE was hung on the front of the Opera Bastille to announce the new production of the opera Louise by Gustave Charpentier.

The literature on Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s works often uses the term “human drama” to describe the fact that her works do not focus on great catastrophes but rather on individual misfortune and its effects on people. This is precisely why The House was chosen by Opera Bastille to illustrate the love story between Louise, a seamstress living with her parents in Paris, and Julien, a young artist.


Ground Control2006 | Single channel video @ Billboard Vision Project, Tokyo, Japan

THE PRESENT / GROUND CONTROL was shown on four billboard screens in centrally public places of Tokyo: Shibuya, Yurakucho, Harajuku and Ikebukuro. The size of the screens was atypical for a work of art, and they reached an audience of up to 385.000 people per day. The public space normally reserved for advertisements, and the sheer magnitude of the screens and the audience reached, make this project special.


veil of ignorance2003 | Pure wool jackets for Parkett Magazine, Zürich, Switzerland

An edition of 70 handprinted, pure wool jackets was made in collaboration with Parkett Magazine / The Parkett Series with Contemporary Artists.


Horizontal2014 | LED monitor sculpture @ Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

HORIZONTAL is a six-channel moving image work of a living spruce tree. The idea of the work is to show the tree in its entirety, as far as possible retaining its natural size and shape. Because a life-size tree does not fit in a standard-sized human space, the tree is presented horizontally in the form of successive projected images. The work is a portrait of the tree. 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 was shown as a large LED sculpture for the first time at the Lehmbruck Museum.