Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Where is Where?


“Truly pushes forward the possibilities of split-screen cinema.” —Time Out New York

Jack H. Skirball Series


Los Angeles premiere | Finland, 2009, 55 min., 35mm

In her critically lauded experimental narrative Where is Where? (Missä on missä?), Finnish multimedia artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila has designed a visually mesmerizing four-image split-screen to evoke and deconstruct the murder of a young French boy by two Algerian playmates during the Algerian War of Independence in the 1950s. Ahtila’s fragmented mise en scène interweaves the elements of the tragedy originally recounted in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth—moribund colonialism, the arid seduction of the Algerian landscape—with a postmodern sense of moral ambiguity as it comes to haunt a European poet, embodied with mystery and flair by Aki Kaurismäki’s muse, actress Kati Outinen. The evening also includes earlier shorts by Ahtila, whose installations and film works have been presented internationally at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Marian Goodman Gallery.

Update: Due to personal reasons, Eija-Liisa Ahtila will not be able to attend the screening.

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
Advanced Curators' Notes

Presented in collaboration with the Finnish Film Foundation, Helsinki.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 4/18
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff