Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1954)
If 6 Was 9 (1995)
If 6 was 9 (1995), presented both as a ten-minute video installation with triple projection and sound and as a 35mm-film installation. The work takes its title from a Jimi Hendrix song but deals with a group of five young girls, focusing on sexuality as a way of exploring the world. The monologue, though fictional and spoken by actors, was based on Ahtila's own experiences and research. The curious blend of documentary and dramatic narrative is underlined by the syncopated montage and an intense, often overbearing use of sound.