PARALYSES!

Record snowfall in Paris! reads the metro-newspaper. It was snowing lightly when I left the studio yesterday morning. The Museum de la Chasse was disappointing, but the exhibition by Eija-Liisa Ahtila was very interesting. By this time it was coming down heavily, and I decided to rather return home. For a boertjie this whole snow-thing is extremely exciting! It isn’t the cold you have to worry about, it is slip-sliding your way over snow that has turned into ice! Today I traveled all the way to Pere Lachaise Cemetry to take the photos I have always dreamt of, only to be turned away, closed because of the weather, while today, not a cloud in the sky!!!

The Marian Goodman Gallery is showing a short film by the Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. The piece is called “Annunciation”. It is set in the present, on three large screens, and was filmed during the winter of 2009/10 in the snowy Aulanko Nature Reserve in Finland. Ahtila is motivated in her work by art philosophy, and the language of film-making, with the three elements; 1) the way things are constructed, 2) the way narrative unfolds, and 3) the physical space that the narrative occupies as the most important. The story is that of the annunciation, but as if it happened today, to an ordinary Finnish girl. Ahtila has had shows at the Tate Modern, the Jeau de Paume in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art New York and has represented her country at the Venice Biennale.

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