Date of birth : 1972
Lives and works between Helsinki and Paris.
Elina Brotherus uses photography and more recently video to explore an individual's emotional landscape and feelings and seeks to determine where they fit in the overall jigsaw formed by others. Using a deliberately structured language, Brotherus uses her art to reflect events in her life. Although her self-portraits dominate her work, she never casts herself in a role or stages a setting. Her landscapes are as much a reflection of her feelings and sentiments. In her recent series, Elina Brotherus challenges both the code of aesthetics inherent to paintings and the way in which beauty is perceived to explore the notion of reality and how it is represented.
Elina Brotherus holds an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki (1997) and an MA in photography from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (2000). She has been exhibiting her work since 1998.