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july 30, 2018 - Serlachius Museums

PLAYGROUND, Elina Brotherus’ newest works at SERLACHIUS MUSEUM GUSTAF


The exhibition playground focuses on Brotherus’ newest works from 2016-2018. It includes both photographs and short videos. 

The exhibition is a larger version of her solo show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, autumn 2017.

As a starting point for her new works, Brotherus uses Fluxus #event scores from the 1960’s and other instructions that artists have written to explain how a piece can be made. After 20 years of self-representation, with these performative, absurd and playful works Brotherus turns a new page in her production.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Susan Bright.

Elina Brotherus (b. 1972 Helsinki, Finland) works in photography and moving image. Her work has been alternating between autobiographical and art-historical approaches. Photographs dealing with the human figure and the landscape, the relation of the artist and the model, gave way to images on subjective experiences in her recent bodies of work Annonciation and Carpe Fucking Diem. In her current work she is revisiting Fluxus #event scores and other written instructions for performance-oriented art of the 1950s-70s.

Elina Brotherus lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. She has an MA degree in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (2000) and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki (1997). She started exhibiting internationally in 1997. Her works are in public collections including the Pompidou Centre, Paris, Kiasma Museum of #contemporaryart, Helsinki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Saatchi Collection, London and MAXXI, Rome, to name a few.

Elina Brotherus' work has been given prominence in numerous art and photography books and magazines. She has published nine monographs. She has been awarded, among others, Carte blanche PMU, France, in 2017, the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2008, Prix Niépce in 2005 and the Prix Mosaïque, Luxembourg, in 2001.

She is represented by gb agency, Paris.

Susan Bright has worked within the arts for twenty years and has a track record of innovative exhibitions, publications and programming specialising in how photography is made, disseminated and interpreted. She has curated exhibitions internationally at institutions including: Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago amongst others.

The exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain was the first major exhibition of British photography at Tate. The exhibition of Home Truths (Photographers’ Gallery and the Foundling Museum and traveling to MoCP, Chicago and Belfast Exposed) was named one of the top exhibitions of 2013/2014 by The Guardian and The Chicago Tribune.

Her published books include: Feast for the EyesThe Story of Food in Photography (2017), Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (2013), Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (2010), How We Are: Photographing Britain (2007: co-­‐authored with Val Williams), Face of Fashion (2007), and Art Photography Now (2005). She regularly writes for museums and monographic books, and contributes to numerous magazines and journals.

She holds a Ph.D in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Serlachius Museum Gustaf 16 June 2018– 6 January 2019.


Elina Brotherus’ newest works from 2016-2018. It includes both photographs and short videos.

16 JUN 2018–6 JAN 2019


R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä

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In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.

Wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm. Mondays closed.

Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.