Eija-Liisa Ahtila was born in Hämeenlinna in Finland, and currently lives and works as a film-maker and video artist in Helsinki. Her videos, which she describes as ‘human drama’, examine the social and interpersonal difficulties of the modern world through narratives that combine true, fictional, psychological and political stories. Athila often focuses on the lives of people affected by psychological problems, for example, those who are obsessed with fears or have real phobias in which the past and present are mixed. She experiments with and combines different filmic genres, such as interviews, commercial films and documentaries, and also looks to literature and the history of cinema as sources of inspiration.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila has participated at the Moscow Biennale (2013), the 50th Venice Biennale (2005) and Documenta XI (2002). Many institutions have presented personal shows of her work: Guggenheim Bilbao (2016), the Lembruck Museum (2015) and Le Kiasma in Helsinki (2013). Her work Anne, Aki And God (1998) was exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition “The Illusion of Light” (2014-15).