Potentiality for Love
Eija-Liisa Ahtila is one of the most famous contemporary Finnish
artists. She became known in the global art scene in 1990s for her
thoughtful, immersive video installations which merged fiction and
reality. In her earlier works Ahtila has dealt with the unsettling
human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, dealing with
e.g. teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration and
death. Her later works deal with profound and basic artistic
questions where she investigates the processes of perception and
attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural
and existential thematic like colonialism, faith and posthumanism.
During the last decade she has sought to disengage moving image art
from anthropocentrism and searched for ways to use the language of
moving image to convey a relevant image of environmental change in
this era of climate warming, overconsumption and mass
"Potentiality for Love" is her latest installation, created in 2018. It deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. It turns attention to those human emotions that could serve as a foundation for dismantling the hierarchical structures between living things, thereby engendering a turn towards non-humans and the recognition of others. The work reflects the origins of these emotions, how we define them and how we conceive of their function as part of a larger continuum of living beings.
Organiser: National Gallery of Art of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art
Project financed by Lithuanian Council for Culture
Sponsors: Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Embassy of Finland in Vilnius, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Pro AV Saarikko Oy, Exterus, Fundermax, Best Western
Media sponsors: lrytas.lt, Media Traffic
The parallel programme of the exhibition is here.