ELINA BROTHERUS
Règle du jeu
7.1.2018 – 4.2.2018

Orange Event part 4, 2017
pigment ink print
60 x 86 cm
edition 3

Galleria Heino´s latest exhibition features a selection of photographs and videos from Elina Brotherus´ series Règle du jeu (Rules of the game). This is the first time these works are shown in Finland. The series was first exhibited at the photography gallery of the Pompidou Centre in Paris after Brotherus won the French Carte Blanche PMU prize in 2017. The competition brief was to analyse the world of games and to give it expression through the medium of images.

Prior to her prize, Brotherus had already begun working on a photographic series influenced by the 1960s Fluxus artists. Her interest was prompted by a 2015 exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie displaying the personal archive and art collection of legendary German gallerist René Block. Block´s gallery was the first to provide a platform for the Fluxus artists.

Throughout her career, Elina Brotherus has used herself as a model in her work. In Règle du jeu, she is joined in front of the camera by dancer and choreographer Vera Nevanlinna. The majority of the works are based on so-called event scores, short scripts that set out the actions of the performance. Règle du jeu also includes event scores created by Brotherus and Nevanlinna themselves and extracts from poems by Tuomas Timonen. Music for the videos is composed and performed by Antti Ikonen.

What sets Brotherus apart from the original Fluxus artists is that she does not perform in front of an audience but in front of a camera, and does so with the objective of not just recording the action but also of creating an interesting image. For Brotherus, art is a performative practice. With this new body of work, she is turning a new page in her own creative expression - and in the broader continuum of contemporary art itself.

The event scores are a suitably flexible tool for Brotherus, leaving room for improvisation and the artist´s own psychological reflections. The works presented here are in fact a series of reinterpretations. This is apposite, as the event scores were originally intended to be performed by anyone. Brotherus has not looked up for documentations of the original performances, and it is unclear whether such recordings exist or not.

For Brotherus, the process of creating these works has meant negotiating the tension between creative impulses and the sense of inspiration such impulses generate. It has been an artistic adventure, a chance for an adult to engage in a play. The game itself is always subject to a rational framework of rules, but also a poetic pursuit - light yet serious.

Rauli Heino

Elina Brotherus (b. 1972) is a highly acclaimed photographer and video artist. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. Brotherus is the first Finnish visual artist to have a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition was accompanied by the monograph Règle du jeu, published by Filigranes Editions in 2017. Brotherus will have an extensive survey exhibition of her recent work 2016-2018 at the Serlachius Museum Gustaf in June 2018.

Meet the artist at Galleria Heino on Sunday, January 14th 2018, 1 to 3pm. Elina Brotherus and Vera Nevanlinna will be joined in discussion by Marja Sakari, Fluxus specialist and Chief Curator at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

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brotherus/2018/Elina_Brotherus_Orange_Event_Part_8_2017_web

Orange Event part 8, 2017
pigment ink print
60 x 86 cm
edition 3

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Regardez-moi-ca-suffit_626px_72dpi_sRGB

Regardez moi ça suffit, 2017
pigment ink print
70 x 95 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_About-Being-My-Model_626px_72dpi_sRGB

About Being My Model, 2017
pigment ink print
90 x 120 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina_Brotherus_Flux_Harpsichord_Concert_2017_web

Flux Harpsichord Concert, 2017
pigment ink print
90 x 120 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Carry-a-person-to-another-place_626px_72dpi_sRGB

Carry a person to another place, 2017
pigment ink print
80 x 106 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Performance-Is-Cancelled-Due-To-Illness_626px_72dpi_sRGB

Performance is cancelled due to illness, 2017
pigment ink print
90 x 120 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Falling-Event_626px_72dpi_sRGB

Falling Event, 2017
pigment ink print
80 x 56 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Drip-Music_626px_72dpi_sRGB

Drip Music, 2017
pigment ink print
80 x 56 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Das-grune-Ohr_2000px_300dpi_sRGB

Das grüne Ohr, 2017
pigment ink print
50 x 37 cm
edition 6

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Your-Art-Is-About-To-End_video-still-01_sRGB

Your art is about to end in 3 minutes, 53 seconds, 2017
4K video
4'50''
edition 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Drummer-1_video-production-still_sRGB

Drummer 1-3, 2017
HD video
8'13''
edition 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Nu-montant-un-escalator_video-still-01_sRGB

Nu montant un escalator, 2017
4K video
3'30''
editin 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Dump-a-bushel-of-lemons-in-a-Northern-forest-in-winter_video-production-still_sRGB_

Dump a bushel of lemons in a Northern forest in winter, 2017
4K video
1'37''
edition 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Prepare-coffee-using-a-metronome_video-production-still_sRGB

Prepare coffee using a metronome, 2017
HD video
3'57''
edition 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Ekphrasis-1_video-production-still_sRGB

Ekphrasis 1-2, 2017
HD video
3'30''
edition 6 + 2 AP

brotherus/2018/Elina-Brotherus_Improvise-with-paper_video-production-still-09_sRGB

Paper Piece, 2017
4K video
8'30''
edition 6 + 2 AP

 
 
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