Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus

The Human Perspective

The human body is the focus of the work by the acclaimed Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus, who uses herself as material. In this Louisiana Channel video she presents two video works describing the passing of time reflecting her own life situation.

In this video the Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus (b. 1972) talks about her work and why she uses herself in her own work. How she was shocked when as a student she saw her first self portrait and it didn't correspond with her own image of what she looked like. How she today is used to seeing her own portrait. She says she is very interested in the passing of time because of ageing and the fact that she - being a woman at forty - finds herself in an irreversible situation.

Elina Brotherus presents two video works. 'The Miroir', from 2001 shows Brotherus in a bathroom looking into the mirror while the steam disappears from the picture. She also presents 'The Black Bay Sequence' from 2010. The video shows the same sequence where Brotherus swims in a lake filmed from the same video angle during a period of three months.

The human figure gives the scale and the human perspective to the landscape, it is like a screen you can project your self into, Brotherus says.

Interview by Christian Lund, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, November 2012.

Filmed by: Martin Kogi and Jonas Jørgensen.
Edited by: Kamilla Bruus and Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012.

Supported by Nordea-fonden.

  • Doug Aitken

    The Nomadic Studio

    In this interview featuring extracts from Doug Aitken’s visually stunning videos, the American multimedia artist offers insight into his captivating work and how he learns from “watching things become a car crash in slow motion.”

  • Richard Ford

    Art is Heavy Lifting

    Watch Richard Ford on escaping the ‘southern writer’ label and how writing a novel is satisfyingly hard work: “Why should it be simple? Why shouldn’t it be a clerical nightmare? Why shouldn’t it take four years? That’s what I want it to be – a masterpiece.”

  • Joshua Oppenheimer

    Advice to the Young

    “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you how it should be done.” The commended American director Joshua Oppenheimer – nominated twice for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature – here shares his powerful advice for aspiring filmmakers.

  • Rachel Kushner

    Putting in the Hours

    “There’s something about habit that’s elemental.” American author Rachel Kushner has no doubt that consistent work on a novel is key. You never know when a moment of inspiration is going to hit – but when it does, you have to be there.

  • Margarethe von Trotta

    A Group of Rebels

    Award-winning film director Margarethe von Trotta – who has worked closely with the legendary directors Fassbinder and Schlöndorff – here shares the story of her winding road to becoming one of the leading contemporary German filmmakers.

  • Superflex

    Why We Flooded McDonald’s

    What motivates a Danish artists' group to make a movie where one of the most famous American fast food restaurants is inexplicably flooded? Superflex here comment on the content of their “post-apocalyptic movie” ‘Flooded McDonald’s’.

  • Peter Zumthor

    Different Kinds of Silence

    We visited Peter Zumthor – one of the world’s leading architects – in his studio in Switzerland. In this extensive and rare biographical video interview he tells the captivating story of his childhood, his studies in NYC and his parents’ strong influence.

  • Anna Bjerger

    It's All About Process

    “The painting moves me forward – and I follow.” Meet Swedish Anna Bjerger, who wants to preserve the excitement of painting, and who paints from photographs, feeling that she can somehow rescue images “that would otherwise disappear.”

  • 3 Artists

    On Yayoi Kusama’s Phalli’s Field

    An absorbing installation of mirrors and soft polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. Join artists Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Astrid Svangren and Alexander Tovborg as they explore what Kusama herself describes as “a sublime, miraculous field of phalluses.”

  • Colm Tóibín

    On Writing

    The award-winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín here shares his meticulous approach to writing, and how a novel can begin with – and build on – just one perfectly shaped sentence: “It moves into rhythm when you least expect it.”

  • David Shrigley

    Advice to the Young

    “You’re on the right track if you’re excited about what you’re doing.” David Shrigley, known for his humorous spin on common situations, here advises his colleagues to be open to learning from mistakes and stresses that being an artist “isn’t for everybody.”

  • Richard Ford

    Politicians are Liars

    “You get the politics that you deserve.” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford here speaks bluntly of the interplay between politicians and the public in America, arguing that people can only blame themselves for being lied to by politicians.