Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Parallel Worlds Moderna museet, Stockholm February 11 – May 6, 2012
The latest works by the Finish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila (1959) can be seen in the exhibit “Parallel Worlds”, now being shown at Stockholm's Moderna museet, from February 11 through May 6. Ahtila is one of the best-known Nordic artists today, having started her career in the 1990's and becoming a ground-breaking pioneer in the evolution of video installations.
Shots from video work The Annunciation. 2010
The artist plays around with the traditional way that a story is told in cinematography; in her works, commercial and documentary elements are masterfully blended together into a multi-layered mix. Ahtila's films and installations conjure up stories with, sometimes, quite believable plots, based on daily life and human relationships. However, in Ahtila's hands, these apparently comfortable and routine motifs manage to topple our preconceptions about time, space and identity; and they pose uncomfortable questions: what is it that makes us human? can absolutely anything be forgiven?, etc. In the exhibition “Parallel Worlds”, emphasis has been placed on Ahtila's latest works, but some older pieces have also been included, as career reference points.
Shot from video work Where is Where? 2008
Shot from video work The House. 2002
The exhibition “Parallel Worlds” was produced in cooperation with the Helsinki contemporary art museum Kiasma; the exhibition's next stop will be Carré d'Art, in France.
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