The Hour of Prayer by Eija-Liisa Ahtila

The Hour of Prayer is a short tale about attachment and death shown in four simultaneous projections.


DVD installation for four projections
Art Fund grant:
£60,000 ( Total: £94,448)
Acquired in:
Eija-Liisa Ahtila

It is based on the artist's own life and tells the story of death entering a house and of the process of dealing with grief. These events begin in New York during a winter storm in January and end in Benin, West Africa, eleven months later. Ahtila is a visual artist and film maker who describes her films as 'human dramas', and combines the objectivity of a documentary maker with the imaginary visualisations of a psychologist.


The artist.

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951

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