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Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Consolation Service

February 10, 2001 - March 11, 2001

AWE Gallery

Consolation Service is a multi-projection installation that tells the story of a young couple in the process of breaking up. From the point of view of a young woman, themes of endings, death, and time are developed through poetic elements and a narrator who gets mixed up in the events that she herself narrates.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1959 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) studied filmmaking at the London College of Printing, UCLA, and at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1990 she received the Young Artist of the Year Award, Tampere, Finland. Since then, she has received numerous grants and awards, including an AVEK-award for important achievements in the field of audio-visual culture (1997), the Edstrand Art Price (1998), a DAAD fellowship (1999), honorary mention at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), the Vincent Van Gogh Bi-annual Award for Contemporary Art in Europe (2000), and a five-year grant from the Central Committee for the Arts (2001).

Consolation Service is presented in partnership with the Media City Film Festival.

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