Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Raum Aktueller Kunst Martin Janda

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s three-part video projection If 6 was 9, 1995, deals with young girls’ conversations about sex. The combination of video, youth, and sexual content in work that reflects on the quotidian is hardly unusual, and those who remain skeptical about the art world’s current tendency to privilege the personal won’t necessarily be swept away. Ahtila’s films, however, distinguish themselves by dealing with issues of identity and self-discovery without making any claim to “authenticity.”

If 6 was 9 involves a fracturing of representation that derives from a disjunction between sound and image. What one sees (young girls) does not correspond to what one hears in the voice-over, or reads in the English text provided: adult women describing experiences, emotions, and dreams. The disjunction is not immediately noticeable, but when it becomes apparent, one is led to reflect on what is

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