Born in 1972, Helsinki, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland, and Avallon, France.

Elina Brotherus has worked throughout her career in 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.


2000 Master of Arts (Photography), University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH) (Now: Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
1997 Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry), University of Helsinki


The Avantgarde doesn’t give up, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DNK
Why not?, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, DE

I Am Still Alive, Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE
Elina Brotherus, Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo, JP
Elina Brotherus, Villa Vauban, Luxembourg
Règle du jeu, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, FI

Leikreglur / Rules of the Game, National Gallery of Island, Reykjavík, IS
Playground, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, FI
It’s Not Me, It’s a Photograph!, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, AUT
Mac Adams - Elina Brotherus, gb agency, Paris, FR
Règle du jeu, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, FI

Elina Brotherus, Museum of New Art, Pärnu, EST
Carpe Fucking Diem, Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels, BEL
Règle du jeu : Carte Blanche PMU, Centre Pompidou, Paris (cat.), FR
The Baldessari Assignments, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, SWE
Time Pieces, Mindepartementet Art and Photography, Stockholm, SWE
Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, NOR
Vida Museum & Konsthall, Öland, SWE
Elina Brotherus: Works 1998 – 2015, Turku Art Museum, Turku, FI
Die Rolle des Modells, Fotohof AT, Salzburg, AUT

Role of the Model, Fotohof, Salzburg, AUT
Large de vue. Hommage à Erik Satie, gb agency, Paris, FR
Who? Elina Brotherus and SMITH (Dorothée Smith), Landskrona Konsthall in Fotofestival, Landskrona, SWE
VIDEOVIDEO, festival d’art vidéo, (invitée d’honneur), Besanceuil, FR
La lumière venue du Nord, Le Pavillon populaire, Montpellier, FR
Howl, Galleria Heino, with Victoria Schultz, Helsinki, FI
12 ans après, Le Bleu du Ciel hors les murs / Ecole Bloo, Lyon, in FR, territoire liquide.
Les Femmes de la Maison Carré, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, FI

The return and the nostalgia, Camera Oscura, Madrid, ES
Annonciation, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, DK

12 ans après, The Wapping Project Bankside, London, UK

12 ans après, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, in PhotoPhnomPenh 2013, KH
12 ans après, Optica center for contemporary art, in Drone: The Automated Image, Mois de la Photo, Montréal, CAN
Annonciation, gb agency, Paris, FR

12 ans après, in Narratives and Narrative Forms, Lianzhou Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China, CHN
Artists at Work, Gallery Taik, Berlin, DE
Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

Sequences and Consequences, Ama Gallery, Helsinki, FI
Lelele, a monodrama composed by Lotta Wennäkoski, video by Elina Brotherus, première at Musica nova, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, FI
MaerzMusik, Sophiensaele, Berlin, DE
Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw, PL
Holland Festival, Amsterdam, NL
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield, UK (until 2012)

The Wapping Project Bankside, London, UK
Elina Brotherus, Bloomberg SPACE, in the ‘Comma’ series, London Artists at Work, gb agency, Paris, FR
Elina Brotherus: Retrospective, gb agency, Paris, FR

The Wapping Project Bankside, London, UK
Artist and her model, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
The New Painting, ZAMEK Cultural Center & PF Photography Gallery, Poznan, PL

ELINA BROTHERUS, Adventure Istiklal 6, Yapi Kredi Kazim Taskent Art Gallery, Istanbul, TUR
Etudes d’après modèle, danseurs, Ama Gallery, Helsinki, FI
Elina Brotherus, in Artist File 2008, The National Art Center, Tokyo, JPN

Model Studies, Musée des Beaux-arts, Caen, in Les Boreales, FR
The New Painting, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI
Milles gården, Stockholm, SE
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, IR
Musée Nicé- phore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, FR
Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Genève, CH
Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, DE (until 2007)

Contemporary Art Centre Tinglado, Tarragona, ES
FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen
Model Studies, gb agency, Paris, FR

The New Painting, Mai Manó, Hungarian Photography Center, Budapest, HU
Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DNK
The New Painting, Chateau d’eau, Toulouse, FR Baigneurs, The Wapping Project, London, UK

2003 Cassina Art Project, Tokyo, in Blue Horizon festival, JP
The New Painting, Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels, BEL Sala Caballerizas, Murcia, in Fotoencuentros, ES

2002 Real Jardin Botánico, Madrid, in PhotoEspaña, ES
INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, SE
Lunds Konsthall, Lund, SE


The Helsinki School - The Nature of Being, Persons Projects, Berlin, DE

Reflections: From Here to There, Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE Considering Finland, PORT 25 Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Mannheim, DE Lumières Nordiques, Abbaye de Jumièges, FR

Paysages français, une aventure photographique, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, FR
Sculpture Village Selde, Selde, DK
Lehmä pitää viedä jäälle jotta se tanssii, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, DE
France(s), Liquid Territory, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, COL
Dreamaholic, Kunst aus Finnland, Miettinen Collection, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, DE
The map and the territory, Camera Oscura, Madris, ES

The expert eye, Musée Nicéphore, Chalon-sur-Saone, FR
Portrait of the Artist as an Alter, TRAFIC - Frac Normandie Rouen, FR
From Heino With Love, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, FI
WATERSCAPES, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel, DE
Summer in the city X, Martin Asbaek gallery, DK
A Room of One’s Own, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, US

LANDSCAPE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, US
Home Truths, Belfast Exposed Photography, Belfast, UK
POTRETTI, Contemporary Finnish Photography, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt a. M., DE
SEPT FEMMES EN RÉSIDENCE, Espace Photo Contretype, Brussels, BE
Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood, MoCP Comtemporary Photo, Chicago, US
LOVE ME GENDER, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, DK

Home Truths, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US (until 2014)
Kiasma Hits, Kiasma Museum of Contemporry Art, Helsinki, FI
L’altro ritratto, MART, Rovereto, IT
The World of Art and Work, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, DE

About Caravaggio. Visioni contemporanee, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati, IT
Self-Portrait, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK
New Nordic - Arkitetur & identitet, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK
Sense of Place, European landscape photography, Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, BE
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Only You Only Me, Images of Love, Love of the Image, Biennial of Photograph and Visual Arts, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain MAMAC, Liège, BE
State of the Art - New Contemporary Photography, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, DE

Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaire, Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, FR
A Female View, Foto-Raum, Wien, AT
Imagine Being Here Now, The 6th Momentum Biennial, Moss, NO
Alice in Wonderland, Logomo, Turku, FI
ECCO Espacio de Creación Contemporánea, Cadiz, ES

Prix Nièpce, Rétrospective, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, FR
Spazio, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT
Starter, ARTER, Istanbul, TR
Export - Import, Helsinki Kunsthalle, FI

Earth-Tracks, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, GR
Gioia, FotoGra a Festival, Palazzo delle esposizioni, Rome, IT
Teatri possibili. Dall’arte rinascimentale alla video-art, Palazzo Ferrero, Biella, IT

Je reviendrai, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, FR
REAL, Photographs from the DZ BANK collection, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, DE
Nordiske stemninger, ARKEN, Ishöj, DK
Las implicaciones de la imagem, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes, MUCA, Mexico City, MX

Collection Neuflize, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, FR
Las partes y el todo / Parts and the Whole, Colección H+F, Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona; Centro Cultural Bancaja, Alicante, ES
Shot and go, A vision of today’s international photography, Island of San Servolo, Venice, IT
De l’Europe, Prix Mosaïque, Dudelange, LU
L’oeil écran ou la nouvelle image, Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain, LU
Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
So Close so Far Away, H+F Collection, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch ; Be-Part Platform voor Actuele Kunst, Waregem; Museum Het Domain, Sittard (until 2008) (cat.) Sguardi da nord/Northern Lights, Galleria Civica di Modena

Brussels to Infinity, International Cultural Centre Gallery, Krakow, PL
Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, BEL, Paris, FR
Museo de Arte Brasileira, Sao Paulo, BRA (until 2007)
Ars Fennica 2007, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
Embassy of Finland, Washington, US
The Scandinavia House, New York, US
(until 2008)
Art, Life & Confusion, October Salon/Belgrade Biennial, Belgrade, SRB
Dimensions intérieures, Le Botanique, Brussels, BE
Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, AU
Absolutely Private, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, JP

Self-Timer/Selbstauslöser, Kunsthalle Fridericanum, Kassel, DE
Nikolaj, Copenhagen, DNK; National Museum of Bucharest, RO (until 2007)
Under your skin, White Box, New York, US
Enea Righi Collection, Hotel de Caumont, Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR

Je t’envisage, la disparition du portrait, Museé de l’Elysée, Lausanne, FR

Carnegie Art Award 2003, Royal Art Academy, Stockholm, SE
Kópavogur Art Museum, Reykjavík, IS
Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, NO
Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, DK
Victoria Miro Warehouse, London, UK
Helsinki Kunsthalle, FI (until 2005)
Girls’ Night Out, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover MA; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO; Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis MI; Blaffer Gallery, Houston TX, US (until 2006)
Culturgest / Collection of Museé de l’Elysée, Lisbon, PT
Fables de l’identité, Centre national de la photographie, Paris, FR
Transparente, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, IT
New Realities, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, SE

La Jeunesse, La edad más bella, Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid Photographier, Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR
Beyond Paradise, National Gallery, Bangkok, THA
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CN
Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

Rendez-vous 3, Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR
Silence in the City, Gwangju City Art Museum, Gwangju, KR
ARS 01, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
Théâtres du Fantastique, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, FR
Magnetic North, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
Foto Finlandia 2000 Award, Kaapelitehdas / Cable Factory, Helsinki, FI


2018 Playground. Essay: Susan Bright. Parvs Publishing, Helsinki, FI
2017 Règle du jeu. Essays: Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Karolina Lewandowska. FI
igranes editions, Carte Blanche PMU, Paris
2016 La lumière venue du nord / The Light from the North. Essay: Gilles Mora, Interview: Elina Heikka and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger with Elina Brotherus. Hazan/ Hachette with Le Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier
2015 Carpe Fucking Diem. Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
12 ans après. Short story: Riikka Ala-Harja. Sémiosquare, Helsinki
2012 Artist and her model. Text: Susan Bright, Timo Kelaranta. Le caillou bleu, Brussels, BEL
2007 Etudes d’après modèle, danseurs. Text: Marc Donnadieu, interview: Patrick Scemama with Elina Brotherus. Les éditions Textuel, Paris 2007, distributed by Volumen
2005 Elina Brotherus : The New Painting. Text: Susanna Pettersson,
Andrea Holzherr, interview: Sheyi Antony Bankale with Elina Brotherus. Next Level, London. Distributed by Thames & Hudson
2002 Decisive Days, valokuvia-photographies-photographs 1997-2001. Interview: Jan Kaila with Elina Brotherus. Kustannus Pohjoinen, Oulu
Solo show catalogues
2015 Les Femmes de la Maison Carré. Text: Susanna Pettersson. La Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne and Galleria Heino, Helsinki, FI
2009 ELINA BROTHERUS, The New Painting. Text: Pawel Leszkowicz. Galeria Fotografii PF, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, PL
2008 ELINA BROTHERUS, Adventure Istiklal 6. Text: René Block, Timo Valjakka. Yapi Kredi Kazim Taskent Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TUR
ELINA BROTHRUS, Artist File 2008. Text: Yayoi Motohashi-Mäki-Mantila. National Art Center, Tokyo, JP
2005 ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Susanna Pettersson. Tinglado2, Tarragona, ES 2004 The New Painting. Text: Evelyne Biver, Elina Brotherus. Carnets de
Résidences #2, Editions Contretype, Brussels, BEL
The New Painting. Text: Paolo Colombo. Chateau d’eau, Toulouse, FR
2003 Baigneurs, 2001-2003. Text : Hannele Rantala. FRAME, Helsinki, FI
2001 Spring. Text: Sophie Howarth, Jane Rendell. The Wapping Project, London, UK
Suites françaises 2. Text: Andrea Holzherr, Val Williams. & : gb agency, Paris, FR 2000 ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Caryn Faure Walker, Elina Brotherus. i8 Galleri,
Reykjavík / Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Reykjavík 2000, ISL
1998 ELINA BROTHERUS. Text: Yrjänä Levanto, Elina Brotherus. Galleri Stefan
Andersson, Umeå, SE


2017 Carte Blanche PMU
2016 Prix Elysée 2017 nomination, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
2015 Åström Studio Scolarship, Finland
2014 William Thuring Award, Finland
2012 Pro Finlandia
2008 Finnish State Prize for Photography
2005 Prix Niépce, Gens d’images, FR
2003 Carnegie Award 2004, Young Artist’s Scolarship
2001 Prix Mosaïque, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
2000 Fotofinlandia 2000 Award


Amos Andersson Art Museum, Helsinki, FI ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DNK CCA Andratx, ES
Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), FR Carnegie Art Collection, SE
Centre national de l’audiovisuel, LUX Colección H+F, Barcelona, ES
Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR
Collection Neu ize, FR
Coppel Collection, Mexico City, MEX
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, USA
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FI Finnish State Art Collection
Fondation Kadist, Paris, FR
FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, FR
FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen
Galeria Civica d’Arte, Modena; IT
Gothemburg Art Museum, Gothemburg, SE Hasselblad Center, Gothemburg, SE
Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, FI Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna, FI Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI Koç Foundation, Istanbul; TUR
MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine Malmö, SE Art Museum, Malmö, SE
Mestizo, Murcia, ES
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, FR Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, FR
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, FR
Museo da Imagem, Braga, PT
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome, IT Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FI
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Société Générale, Paris, FR
Swedish State Art Collection
Tampere City Art Museum, Tampere, FI
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI Västerås Art Museum, Västerås, SE

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