Rewarded Finnish artist Elina Brotherus is showing works from the series “Annonciation” at Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen. The exhibition can be seen from Friday 20th of February until the 4th of April 2015.
Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus is known for her autobiographical, often serious, photographs. In the exhibition Annonciation at Gallery Martin Asbæk the focus is on a woman in her middle age. As usually, Brotherus includes herself in the works, this time through a very personal matter: infertility.
Difficulty of conceiving is a theme that is often seen as a taboo, and Brothers herself considered not to show the pictures at all. However, encouraged by curator Susan Bright, she decided to release the series of photographs taken between 2009 and 2013.
Brotherus does not want to comment on the works herself. In a press release she writes: ”I’m showing these photographs to give a visibility to those whose treatments lead nowhere. The hopeless story with an unhappy end is the story of the majority. My way of discussing the matter is to give out the pictures, not to give an interview. I’m not sure if I will be able to actually speak about this. I’m still too sad.”
In addition to the works form Annonciation, the exhibition also includes two films. The films Wrong Face (2013) & Francesca Woodsman’s Aunts (2013), shot in New York on 16 mm, will both be shown in the gallery.
Elina Brotherus was educated at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Her early work dealt with subjective experiences in a non-staged manner. In her recent work she has focused on the relation between the artist, the landscape and the model. Brotherus has also said that she does not like smiles in pictures. This does not, of course, make her a sad person, but it makes her pictures very strong.
The opening will take place on Friday 20th of February at 17-19.
Elina Brotherus: Annonciation 31, The End, 2013, 70x87cm, pigment print from a digital original.
Finnish photographer, born in Helsinki 1972.
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland, and in France.
Master’s degree in photography from University of Art and Design, Helsinki (2000).
Collective and solo exhibitions in Europe, North America and Asia since 1998.
Awarded with Fotofinlandia in 2000; Prix Mosaïque, Centre National de l’audiovisuel, Luxembourg 2001; Carnegie Art Award 2003, Prix Niépce, Gens d’images, France 2005; Pro Finlandia Medal 2012.
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