Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku is pleased to present a solo show of Elina Brotherus, a female photographer and video artist based in France and Finland.
Elina Brotherus who mainly works on the subjects of landscapes and self-portraits has interchangeably produced two very different types of work. One was an autobiographical kind that reflected events in her daily life such as a series of diary-like photographs that recorded changes she experienced through her emigration to France, the process of her marriage through to divorce, or the infertility treatment she went through. The other one was work that made reference to art history with compositions and subjects which were based on the pictures by historical artist figures like Friedrich or Cézanne. Hence, she continues to take a multi-facet approach to create her work. Also, her work continuously dealt with the issue of relationships, for instance, those between humans and landscapes, or artists and models. Presently, she is developing a series of works that reconsider Fluxus' event scores or instructions written for performance art that were produced from the 1950s to 1970s.
The artist has already had solo shows held in prominent art museums in Europe: Règle du jeu: Carte Blanche PMU at the Musée National d'Art Moderne at Centre Georges Pompidou in France (2017); Playground at Serlachius Museums in Finland (2018); and various others. Her artwork is present in the collections of sixty-five public collections including: Musée National d'Art Moderne, and Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) both in France, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Museum Folkwang in Essen, Saatchi Collection in London, and MAXXI in Rome.
Her first solo show in Japan was held in 2003 as one of Cassina Art Projects, after which she participated in Artist File 2008 - The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art held at the National Art Center in Tokyo in 2008. Thus, the present exhibition is going to be her first solo show in Japan in ten years.
The exhibition is going to be the first public presentation of the artist's video work in Japan; it will present her early videos as well as recent ones. What is notable, is that one of them titled Tango trousers was created through her multidisciplinary collaboration with Maria Kalaniemi, a representative accordionist of Finland. Elina created a set of eight videos and asked Maria to compose a new musical piece inspired by it. They will be included in the exhibition so as to be shown to the public during Maria's concert tour in Japan that takes place partly through the exhibition period.
On the occasion of the artist's visit to Japan for the show, the gallery will organise a talk between the artist and Chihiro Minato who works in multiple fields as a photographer, writer, and curator. You are most welcome to attend this event.
Special Talk 'On Landscape: Between Finland and Japan'
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 19:00-20:00
Venue: Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku
Speakers: Elina Brotherus and Chihiro Minato (photographer / writer)
Press release courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates.