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Carré d’Art - Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes

Eija-Liisa Ahtila
— Mondes parallèles
From friday october 12 to sunday january 6 2013

Eija-Liisa Ahtila is an idiosyncratic narrator in moving images, who probes questions on what it entails to be a human being and a subject. Her filmic installations challenge habitual perspectives and expose new perceptive worlds. She touches on and brings to life the current ongoing discussion on biopolitics and post-humanism.
Ahtila’s working process often begins with writing. Research on a subject is interwoven with fiction and references from art history and literature, in multifaceted narratives. A fascination for film as a technique and medium permeates Ahtila’s oeuvre. She twists and turns its very cornerstones, playing with the traditional cinematic narrative. Her works occasionally allude to a given, familiar style, culled from the commercial or documentary, undermining the viewer’s routine interpretation. In her large spatial works with multi-channel projections, the feeling of co-existing worlds is enhanced.
This exhibition puts the emphasis on Ahtila’s recent output, with a few earlier works to provide reference points. Alongside sculptures and drawings, the installations Where is Where (2008), The Annunciation (2010) and the recent Horizontal[/i] (2011) are particularly noteworthy. Eija-Liisa Ahtila lives and works in Helsinki. Her works have previously been shown at the MoMA, New York, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Tate Modern, London, and Kunsthalle, Zürich. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in both 1999 and 2005.

Born in 1959 in Finlande, Eija-Liisa Ahtila is presented by Gallery Marian Goodman, New York and Paris.

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