Among the Trees: Eija-Liisa Ahtila

In this short video, artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila talks to us about her work Horizontal – Vaakasuora (2011) and about what led her to leave behind what she describes as her ‘human dramas’ to make this huge cinematic portrait of a 30-metre-high spruce tree. 

Horizontal – Vaakasuora is featured in the Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees.

Among the Trees - How Do You Make A Portrait Of A Tree? | Hayward Gallery


I started to question the anthropocentrism of my medium, the moving image. And then I thought, I'd like to make a portrait of a tree.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, artist


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