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.

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