Colonialism is a challenging subject to approach in art, requiring sensitivity and maturity on the artist's part. As one of Finland's leading artists, Eija-Liisa Ahtila has taken France's colonizing of Algeria as the basis for her new multi-screen video installation, 'Where is Where?' Inspired by 'Les damn├ęs de la terre' by Frantz Fanon, it narrates the story of two young Algerian teenagers who murder their European playmate during the Algerian war of independence. Two main characters called Death, a man, and the Poet, a woman, allude to the wider implications of the crime. The storytelling veers into the imaginary, with a small boat containing the two boys appearing in a swimming pool in the Poet's back garden on a misty morning.
The work signals a departure into a more political arena for Ahtila, who is known for her psychologically charged videos about human relationships and psychosis. Some of these films are also included in the exhibition, along with photographs and wooden sculptures of housing. It's a demanding, cerebral and thought-provoking show.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila Retrospective
January 22 through March 31, 2008

Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris
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