Elina Brotherus


Born 1972, Finland.
Lives and works in Paris and Helsinki.

Many of Elina Brotherus’ photos and videos are self-portraits typically investigating the relationship between individual and space, both in relation to interiors as well as landscapes. Her motifs and themes are usually concerned with reflection for instance in the diptych-series Points of View on Landscape where she shows the role of the perspective in the way we perceive the world. Standing in the middle of a Nordic landscape, wearing orange trousers, a model (the artist herself) is photographed with her back against the camera and then laterally reversed facing the camera, photographed from the opposite direction. The same landscape and the same person, standing in exact same place, but seen from two points of view.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born in 1972, Helsinki, Finland

Lives and works between Paris and Helsinki


2000 Master of Arts (Photography),University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH)
1997 Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry), University of Helsinki

Playground, Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland
Leikreglur/Rules of the Game, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Mac Adams – Elina Brotherus, gb agency, Paris, France
Règle du jeu, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland
It’s Not Me, It’s a Photograph, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria

Règle du jeu, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Baldessari Assignments, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden
Carpe Fucking Diem, Contretype, Centre pour la photographie contemporaine, Brussels
Works 1998-2015, Turum Taidemuseo, Finland

La Lumière venue du Nord. Photographies, vidéos 1997-2015, Montpellier, France
Les Femmes de la Maison Carré, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland

Annonciation, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Annunciation, GB Agency , Paris, France

Galerie Les Voies Off, Arles, Opening parallel to the Rencontres internationales de la photographie,
Salle de bains, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels
Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Elina Brotherus & Kira Gluschkoff: ‘What if?’, Gallery Pick me, Helsinki, Finland
Lauri Astala & Elina Brotherus: ‘Poissa ja kotona’ (‘Home and Away’), Gallery Heino, Helsinki, Finland
Sequences and Consequences, Ama Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

The new painting / The artist and her model, Festival Pluie d’images, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Le Relecq Kerhuon
Le Radar, espace d’art actuel, Bayeux, France
Sequences and Consequences, Ama Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy
Elina Brotherus, Artothèque, Angers, France
Video Works, The Wapping Project – Bankside, London, Great Britain
Sequences and Consequences, Bloomberg SPACE, in the ‘Comma’ series, London, Great Britain
Time Series, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
Artists at Work, gb agency, Paris, France
Elina Brotherus, Retrospective, gb agency, Paris, France

Model Studies, Wapping Project Bankside, London, Great Britian
Artist and her Model, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Elina Brotherus, (Cur. René Block), ile de Moen, Denmark,
Correspondances, Photography Gallery Hippolyte (with Rantala), Helsinki, Finland
The New Painting, PF Photography Gallery, Poznan, Poland

Elina Brotherus, YKY Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
My Happiness is Round, The Wapping Project, London, Great Britain
Etudes d’après Modèles, Danseurs, AMA Gallery, Helsinki, Holand
Malga Valarica, (curator Giovanna Cavenzi), Commune di Spera,Trento, Italy
Roma Festival Photo, V.M.21 Artecontemporanea(cur. Lorella Scacco), Roma, Italy
Elina Brotherus in Artist Files 2008, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

Elina Brotherus, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Correspondences (with Hannele Rantala), Photography Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
The New Painting, ZAMEK Culture Centre, Poznan, Polan (cat.)

Elina Brotherus, YKY Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
My Happiness is Round, The Wapping Project, London, Great Britain
Etudes d’après Modèles, Danseurs, AMA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Malga Valarica, curator Giovanna Cavenzi, Commune di Spera, Spain
Roma Festival Photo, V.M.21 Artecontemporanea (cur. Lorella Scacco), Roma, Italy
Elina Brotherus in Artist Files 2008, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)

Elina Brotherus, gb agency, Paris, France
The New Painting, Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, France
The New Painting, Oldenburg Kunstverein, Germany
The New Painting, Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Genève, Schweiz

The New Painting, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France (cat)
Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Berlin, Germany
Model Studies, Festival Les Boréales, Musée des Beaux Arts, Caen, France
The New Painting, Journées photographiques de Bienne, France
The New Painting, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland (cat)
The New Painting, Millesgarden, Stockholm, Sweden (cat)

The New Painting, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland (cat)
Orpheus, Centrale Montemartini, Roma, Italy
Open Space, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Art Cologne, Germany
Brotherus, Tyttö, Finnish-Norvegian Cultural Institute, Oslo, Norway
Jérusalem Theatre, Jérusalem, Israel
Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt, Germany
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Tinglado 2, Tarragone, Spain
Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, Frankrig
Baigneurs, Lèche-vitrine, Maison de la culture, Amiens, France
Model Studies, gb agency, Paris, France

Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
Brotherus, Tyttö, Photography Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
The New Painting, Espace photographique Château d’eau, Toulouse, France (cat.)
Les Baigneurs, Wapping Project, London, Great Britain

Elina Brotherus’ video works, Kunsthalle Lophem, Bruges, Bruxelles, Belgium
The New Painting, Museum of New Art, Pärnu, Estonia
Blue Horizon, Cassina, Tokyo, China
Baigneurs, Istanbul Biennial side event, Istanbul, Turkey (cat.)
Suites françaises 2, Image/Imatge, Orthez, Argentina
Festival Foto-Encuentros, Murcia, Spain
The New Painting, Liste 03, gb agency, Basel, Schweiz
The New Painting, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, Belgium

The New Painting, Fiac Perspectives, gb agency, Paris, France
International Contemporary Art Center, Bucharest, Rumania
Photo-Espana, Jardins Botaniques, Madrid, Spain
Orchard Gallery, Derry, North Ireland
Hämmeenlinna Art Museum, Hämmeenlinna; Västeras Art Museum, Västeras; Lund Art Hall, Lund, Sweden
Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal
The New Painting, INOVA, Institute of Visual Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Spring, The Wapping Project. London, Great Britain
Suites françaises 2, gb agency, Paris, France
The New Painting, Galleri Andersson, Umea, Sweden

Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
Suites françaises 1, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
Galleri i8, Reyjavik, Iceland

Northern Photography Centre, Rantagalleria, Oulu, Finland
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Dance Portraits, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland

Galleri Andersson, Umea; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
Reflections: From Here to There, Taik Persons Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Sans réserve, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Paysages français, une aventure photographique 1984-2017, Bibliothèque nationale de France,
Site François-Mitterrand, Paris, France
Video works in Skulpturlandsbyen Selde, Selde, Jylland, Denmark

MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, Santiago Chile

Summer in the City no.10, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
A Room WIth a View, Yancey Richardson, New York, United States
PHOTOGRAPHY, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Selfie, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Das Fenster im Blick, Art Foyer DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Franfurt am Main, Germany
The Other Portrait – MART- Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
Home Truths, Photography, Motherhood And Identity, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Great Britain
VIDEO, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Selfportrait, Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London, Great Britain
Only You Only Me, Images of Love, Love of the Image, Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts,
Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain MAMAC, Liège, Belgium.
Momentum, The Nordic Biennial, Moss, Norway
Screaming from the Montain: Landscapes and View Points, Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Pieniä tarinoita suurmiehestä, Kotkaniemi, P.E. Svinhufvudin kotimuseo, Luumäki, together with Leena Svinhufvud.
Purnu Art Center, Orivesi
Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Workshop in Lyon, organised by Bloo Workshops, France
The Nordic – Authentic Architecture, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Sense of Place, European landscape photography, Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Alice in Wonderland, Logomo, programme for the European Capital of Culture, Turku, Finland

Alice in Wonderland, Lokomo, Turku, Finland
Summer in the city, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prix Nièpce, Rétrospective, Chambre avec vues, Paris, France
Cinéphémère, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Nordic Models + Common Ground, The Scandinavia House, New York, United States
Felicità, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, Germany
Public Screen’s, i/o/lab senter for framtidskunst, Stavanger, Norway
Dans, Västerås Art Museum, Västerås, Suède, Sweden
Export – Import, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland
Cool Water, Korjaamo Gallery, Helsink, Finland
Vom Dunkeln Gescluckt, Ars Auttoinen, Auttoinen, Finland
Billnäs Bruk, Raseborg, Finland
Spazio, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy
Starter, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey
Helsinki10, Rogaland Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway

Identités, Ecole Supérieure dArt, Le Havre, France
Rencontres littéraires nordiques, Lieu Unique, Nantes. Wonderful, terrible Life, Etelä-Karjalan Taidemuseo,
Lappenranta, Finland
Myth of Childhood, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Nord, Nord-Ouest, gb agency, Paris, France
Screening, Supernova, Riga, Latvia
Mythos Kindheit, Centre Culturel, Mallorca, Spain
Ecology of Emotions, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland. Works, Deeds, Finnish Museum of Photography,
Helsinki, Finland
La Ruche cité des artistes, Palais Lumière, Evian, France (cat)

Amos Andersson Art Museum, Helsinki Apotekets Kulturförening, Stockholm ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark Art Foundation Mallorca Collection, Andratx, Spain Artothèque d’Angers, Angers, France Artothèque de Brest, Brest Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), France Carnegie Art Collection, Sweden Centre national de l’audiovisuel, Luxembourg City of Lund, Sweden City of Nice Colección H+F, Barcelona Collection Lambert, Avignon Collection Neuflize, France Coppel Collection, Mexico City Corcoran Gallery, Washington County Councils of Gävleborg, Halland, Jönköping, Skåne, Uppsala and Västerbotten, Sweden DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main Finnish State Art Collection Fondation Kadist, Paris FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, France FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen Galeria Civica d’Arte, Modena Galerie municipale de Château d’eau, Toulouse Gothemburg Art Museum, Gothemburg Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden Hasselblad Center, Gothemburg Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna, Finland L’Imagerie, Lannion, France Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki Koç Foundation, Istanbul MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Mestizo, Murcia, Spain Moderna Museet, Stockholm Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône Museo da Imagem, Braga, Portugal Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome Museum Folkwang, Essen Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas NSM Vie, Paris Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Finland Saatchi Collection, London Saastamoinen Foundation, Finland Société Générale, Paris SOK Art Collection, Helsinki South Carelia Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland StatoilHydro, Stavanger, Norway Swedish State Art Council Tampere City Art Museum, Tampere, Finland The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki Umeå municipality, Sweden Västerås Art Museum, Västerås, Sweden

FinnishCulturalFoundation 2-year Artist’s Grant, Arts Council of Finland Book publishing grant (for Artist and her Model, work in progress), Arts Council of Finland


2008 Finnish State Prize for Photography 2007 GrönqvistStiftelse,Finland

Ars Fennica 2006 nomination

Prix Niépce,Gensd’images, France
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Book publishing grant (for The New Painting), Arts Council of Finland

5-yearArtist’sGrant,Arts Council of Finland

Carnegie Award 2004, Young Artist’s Scolarship
The Best Books of the Year, Finnish Committee of Book Art (for Decisive Days)

Carnegie Art Award 2002, shortlist
Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002, shortlist

Prix Mosaïque, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg

Award 3-year Artist’s Grant, Arts Coucil of Finland

Artist and her Model. Text: Susan Bright. Le Caillou bleu, Brussels 2011 (Work in progress, comes out in Oct.2011). Etudes d’après modèle, danseurs. Text: Marc Donnadieu, interview: Patrick Scemama with Elina Brotherus. Les éditions Textuel, Paris 2007, distributed by Volumen
Elina Brotherus : The New Painting. Text: Susanna Pettersson, Andrea Holzherr, interview: Sheyi Antony Bankale with Elina Brotherus. Next Level, London 2005. Distributed by Thames & Hudson. Decisive Days, valokuvia-photographies-photographs 1997-2001. Interview: Jan Kaila with Elina Brotherus. Kustannus Pohjoinen, Oulu 2002

ELINA BROTHERUS Artist and her Model, Le Caillou bleu, Brussels 2012
ELINA BROTHERUS, The New Painting. Text: Pawel Leszkowicz. Galeria Fotografii PF, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan 2009
ELINA BROTHERUS, Adventure Istiklal 6. Text: René Block, Timo Valjakka. Yapi Kredi Kazim Taskent Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul 2008
ELINA BROTHRUS, Artist File 2008. Text: Yayoi Motohashi-Mäki-Mantila. National Art Center, Tokyo 2008
ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Susanna Pettersson. Tinglado2, Tarragona 2005. The New Painting. Text: Evelyne Biver, Elina Brotherus. Carnets de Résidences #2, Editions Contretype, Brussels 2004
The New Painting. Text: Paolo Colombo. Chateau d’eau, Toulouse 2004. Baigneurs, 2001-2003. Text : Hannele Rantala
FRAME, Helsinki 2003. Spring. Text: Sophie Howarth, Jane Rendell. The Wapping Project, London 2001. Suites françaises 2. Text: Andrea Holzherr, Val Williams. & : gb agency, Paris 2001
ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Caryn Faure Walker, Elina Brotherus. i8 Galleri, Reykjavík / Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Reykjavík 2000
ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Yrjänä Levanto, Elina Brotherus. Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå 1998