Elina Brotherus works in photography and moving image. Her work has been alternating
between autobiographical and art-historical approaches. Photographs dealing with the human
figure and the landscape, the relation of the artist and the model, gave way to images on
subjective experiences in her recent bodies of work Annonciation and Carpe Fucking Diem. In
her current work she is revisiting Fluxus event scores and other written instructions for
performance-oriented art of the 1950s-70s.
Elina Brotherus lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. She has an MA
degree in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University)
and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki. She started exhibiting internationally
in 1997. Her works are in public collections including the Pompidou Centre, Paris, Kiasma
Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum Folkwang,
Essen, Saatchi Collection, London and MAXXI, Rome, to name a few.
Her work has been given prominence in numerous art and photography books and
magazines. She has published nine monographs, most recently Playground, a limited edition
hand-made box featuring 80 works from her exhibition at Serlachius Museum, Finland. She has
been awarded, among others, Carte blanche PMU, France, in 2017, the Finnish State Prize for
Photography in 2008, and the Prix Niépce in 2005.