Artists & Designers

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1959)

Filmmaker and video artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila was born in Hameenlinna, Finland, in 1959; and lives and works in Helsinki. She attended Helsinki University from 1980-1985; and studied filmmaking at the London College of Printing (1990-1991), University of California, Los Angeles, and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles (1994-1995). Prior to focusing on film and video in the 1990s, Ahtila experimented with photography, installation, and performance. Influenced by philosophy, institutional critique, feminist thought, and issues of identity, she employs a deft placement of screen and image to examine psychological states, particularly within the experience of trauma.

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