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Elina Brotherus

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BAIGNEURS by Elina Brotherus. Citibank short-listed photographer, Elina Brotherus, shows a new body of work at The Wapping Project.04 March – 09 May.Private View 03 March, 7pm.THE WAPPING PROJECT commissioned Brotherus’ first major show in London, SPRING (2001). She was short listed for the Citibank Prize and the SAATCHI COLLECTION acquired a work. SPRING has been seen throughout Europe and is currently showing at Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium.

The Wapping Project will produce a new installation of three films and a series of photographs by Elina Brotherus, shot in the Finnish archipelago during the midnight sun. The films will be projected externally; one on to the large water tank on top of the Power Station, a second onto a brick electricity sub-station and the third film onto the Accumulator Tower. A new suite of photographs will be hung in the Boiler House. Sub-titled the “new painting” by Brotherus, the films and photographs examine the nude and landscape referring to her ongoing exploration of nature, light and the human body. Her investigation of the figure and its interaction with space and light has particular resonance with the Nordic psyche, in which light plays a crucial part. These elements will be intensified by their projection in an urban environment during the winter.Brotherus’ gaze is resolutely riveted to a single spot. In the three parallel films, massive ships pass without the artist following their progress; people come into the frame from somewhere and leave it for somewhere. This obstinate framing makes the films more a set of moving photographs than films. In particular, the waiting that is part of linear film narrative – soon something will happen – has gone.

The tension of waiting is missing. Even if there is something happening in the pictures, the viewer is certain that nothing is going to happen. Brotherus uses her camera to mark off a piece of the landscape in the manner of a photograph, even though there is motion in the pictures, time does not pass. The films and the photographs, which are part of BAIGNEURS, are unified by the artist’s common approach to both art forms. BAIGNEURS is mounted with the generous support of the Arts Council England, the Finnish Institute and the Embassy of Finland.

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