Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1

2014, October 04 - December 06

Artist talk 25 November, 6:30–7:30 pm

Galleri Charlotte Lund is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila, one of the most internationally recognized Nordic contemporary artists. We are proud to be the only gallery in Scandinavia representing Eija-Liisa Ahtila.
On view in the gallery is a new 4-channel moving image installation, Studies on the Ecology of Drama 1 alongside with the new photographic series, Instruments. The video is currently showing in Serlachius Museums in Mänttä.

“Over the past 20 years, Eija-Liisa Ahtila has created an artistic oeuvre that has done much to open up and expand our ability to interpret the possibilities and forms of expression offered by the moving image. She has analyzed the moving image as a medium both from a formal, technical perspective, as well as a contentual narrative one. Each production explores the methods available for depicting, telling, presenting and portraying through spatial audiovisuality.

From her early mini trilogy Me/We, Okay, Gray (1993) up to Studies on the Ecology of Drama (2014) currently on exhibition, Ahtila’s works have strived to break up the habitual conventions of showing and seeing. All her works employ varying combinations of a range of artistic media and traditions of presentation and representation, and can therefore be interpreted through references to visual art, film, theater, literature, as well as sculptural spatialities. Ahtila has herself described the content of her works as ‘human dramas’, over time with an increasingly open understanding of the human aspect.

Studies on the Ecology of Drama (2014) can be seen as a performance for and with the camera. It is a practical, representational philosophical meditation upon the inability of our anthropocentric depictive tradition to reach beyond the human realm.

Experiences from previous works are brought to bear here, and the narrative is built upon instances that have been opened up over the years. The surrounding projected space is an entire panorama that encompasses the viewer within it. The story functions centrifugally, envelopes us, physically and narratively, to then break apart piece by piece.

Our guide is Kati Outinen, familiar to many as one of the most famous Finnish actresses of the past few decades. Here she plays herself, a human being, and her own role, that of actress, and leads us through a number of exercises exploring the technical principals of depiction and portrayal. She makes us aware of the false conclusions we often reach by believing that reality is as we depict it. That we believe ourselves capable of showing the truth.“ (Maria Hirvi-Ijäs)

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, born 1959 in Hämeenlinna, lives and works in Helsinki. Her last appearance in Stockholm was at Moderna Museet 2012 with the solo exhibition Parallel Worlds, which went on to be shown at the Musée Carre D’Art, Nimes and at the Kiasma Museum, Helsinki. Eija-Liisa Ahtila is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York/Paris and her work is represented in the following collections: Kunstsammlung K20-K21, Düsseldorf; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; Tate Modern, London; Collection Flick, Switzerland; Collection Olbricht, Germany; Collection Ringier, Switzerland.

The exhibition is accompanied by a newly written text by Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, Ph.D.
Press photos are available.

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Text by Maria Hirvi, Ph.D

Text av Maria Hirvi, Fil dr