Eija-Liisa Ahtila

born 1959


Eija-Liisa Ahtila (born 1959 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker. She lives and works in Helsinki.

Ahtila experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. Her first conceptual works were motivated by art philosophy, by a critique of art institutions and by feminism. She focused on the construction of the image, language, narrative and space. In her recent films she focuses more deeply into individual identity and the limit of the self and body in relation to the other.

In 1998 Eija-Liisa Ahtila participated in the second edition of Manifesta. She was the winner of the inaugural Vincent Award in 2000. In 2002 she had a solo show at Tate Modern, and in 2006 her multi-screen video piece The Wind (2006) was exhibited at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In the same year she won the £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize in Cardiff, Wales. In 2009 she was nominated an Academician of Arts in Finland.

Her work is held in the collections of the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is a former professor at the Department of Time and Space-based Art at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Finland).

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