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Eija-liisa ahtila
Tutkimuksia draaman ekologiasta (Studies on the Ecology of Drama)
Experimental fiction, Documentary | 4k | color | 26'26'' | Finland | 2017
The film 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, the focus being on presentation, imaging and imagination in the context of the moving image.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a renowned Finnish filmmaker and contemporary visual artist, born in Finland in 1959. She studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the London College of Printing and at the University of Helsinki. She has long been considered a master of the cinematic installation form. In 2011, the artist was appointed to the main jury of the Venice Film Festival and in 2013 she was the Chairwoman of the Jury in FIDMarseille. She is currently doing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Ahtila’s work is conceptually organized around the construction of image, language, narrative and space. Her earlier works dealt with unsettling human dramas of teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration, and death. Her recent work tackles more profound and artistic questions where she investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning—at times through a cultural and existential thematic, like colonialism, faith, and post-humanism. Ahtila’s work has received many awards including the ARTE Award for Best European Film at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; the Great Prize Fiction at Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, and the Best Nordic Short Film at Nordisk Panorama. Her crafted work was showed in some of the most prominent contemporary art museums and festivals including the Guggenheim, Bilbao; Monderna Museet, Stokholm; DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal; Jeu de Paume Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo d/Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy, and Tate Modern, London. Her short films have also been shown at major festivals throughout the world, including Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Venice International Film Festival.