Throughout her career Elina Brotherus has worked with photography and moving images using intimate stories to replay implicit feminism: her self-portraits investigate the relationship between the female individual and space, questioning humanity’s place within nature. Her artistic work follows her personal metamorphosis in how she sees herself both in front of and behind the camera. In a way, she eliminates the question of authorship and focuses her attention on the invitation to create her own interpretation, with closeness yet cool conceptual distance. Brotherus’s oeuvre has alternated between autobiographical to art historical approaches utilising iconic images from 19th to 20th-century paintings as well as inspiration from the Fluxus movement. By that she creates an equilibrium between the more objective conceptual thinking of art-making and its histories, combining it with the emotional and personal – also allowing herself to be influenced by a wider range of artists including film makers, photographers, painters and poets.
Elina Brotherus was born 1972 in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) in 2000. Her works have been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America since 1997. The artist has been awarded with the Prix Niépce of Gens d'Image (France), the Finnish State Prize for Photography (Finland), Carnegie Award's Young Artist’s Scolarship (United Kindgom) and the Prix Mosaïque of Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (Luxembourg). Brotherus works are included in numerous collections such as Saatchi Collection, London (UK), ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj (DK), Hasselblad Center, Gothemburg (SE) and DZ-Bank Art Collection (DE). In addition to a wide range of publications Brotherus forth monograph "Artist and her model” was just recently published by Le Caillou Bleu.