ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

A short film with three fictional episodes and narration consisting of rhythmic monologues. The subject of these three humane dramas is the transformation of one's identity. ME/WE is about balancing individual identity and about control. OKAY uses a single on-screen persona and various voices to consider the shifts, desires, and inhibitions of the ego within a sexual relationship. The subject of GRAY is the change in reality caused by a catastrophe, and the blurring of the boundary between ego and other.

Production Year
1993
Duration
00:04:20
Type
Tags
Original Title
ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
Finnish Title
ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
English Title
ME/WE, OKAY, GRAY
Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound
Yes
Cast
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Author), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Director), Jorma Höri (Editor), Crystal Eye (Producer), Ilppo Pohjola (Producer), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Script), Terttu Sopanen (Cast), Teemu Aromaa (Cast), Ella Hurme (Cast), Mervi Varja (Cast), Pauli Poranen (Cast), Outi Mäenpää (Cast), Marja Silde (Cast), Eeva-Liisa Haimelin (Cast), Kauko Lindfors (Sound)
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Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a contemporary visual artist and filmmaker, who lives and works in Helsinki. Ahtila has studied film in London and Los Angeles. She was the professor of Time and Space Arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007–10. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, MoMa, Guggenheim, as well as at numerous other venues across the world. In 1990, Ahtila was the winner of the Young Artist of the Year Award in Tampere, Finland. She received the AVEK award for important achievements in the field of audio-visual culture (1997), honorary mention at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) as well as van Gogh Award for Contemporary Art (2000) and Artes Mundi Prize (2006). She was awarded with the Pro Finlandia medal in 2005 and since 2009 she also holds the title of Academician of Art. Eija-liisa Ahtila experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, dealing e.g. with teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration and death. Her later works, however, deal with more profound and basic artistic questions where she investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existential thematic like colonialism, faith and posthumanism.