Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Eija-Liisa Ahtila; Salla Tykka

Today seems somewhat of a dreamy day which sparked my memory of a video I saw of a rain-soaked girl peeping in a window to spy on an athletic young man jumping with a lasso.
Here’s the link to Lasso by Salla Tykka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS9T8U698No However, this brief youtube snippet makes it seem a trifle silly. The actual video installation made it an emotionally riveting experience bringing to mind certain emotions that emerge during adolescence.

Another video/film artist from Finland is Eija-Liisa Ahtila. This image is from one of her works. She creates psychologically penetrating works and is currently having her first retrospective in France at the Jeu de Paume. Her new film takes its premise from an event in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.
When art can put us in touch with deep emotional states, we then become better equipped to understand ourselves and the various realities of the world. Probably one thing that will benefit us all - in this world of shallow understanding - is gaining such deep insight.

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