The Hour of Prayer and The Present

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

10 February - 21st March 2009

  • The Hour of Prayer and The Present

The emotions of love, sexuality, jealousy, anger, vulnerability, and reconciliation are explored within the works of Void's next artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila.

Born in Hameenlinna, Finland in 1959, Ahtila studied film in Los Angeles and London. Her multi-screen installations and films explore and experiment with narrative storytelling, creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences.

Ahtila refers to her work as 'human dramas', fictional narratives drawn from her own observations and experiences as well as from long periods of research. Her works allowing her audiences to peer inside the minds of the characters, laying bare the true fragility of intense psychological and emotional states.

Ahtila's highly personal artistic style and ambient imagery places her among today's most important international artists, and her works have been exhibited at major museums across the world, such as Tate Modern (London), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) and MoMA (New York).

To have Ahtila's work in Derry is a triumph for Void as this is the first solo exhibition the artist has had in Ireland. Void would like to thank The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Finnish Institute and The Finnish Embassy for their support in the production of this exhibition.


A beautiful, intimate story