I have researched and written about Elina Brothers in a previous module. I was never clear how much her work was a mirror of her life despite those Post-it’s in ‘Le Reflet;’ I wondered if it was fabrication and fake. I have a completely different view of ’12 Ans Apres (1999/2013) which I found very moving. http://www.elinabrotherus.com
EB: I often had to talk about this when I produced series like The New Painting (2000-2004) or Model Studies (2002-2008). Everybody could see that it was me on the photographs. Lots of people thought that I was still telling the story of my life, but I always insisted that I wasn’t. To be totally honest, I can now state that my photographs do say something about me: I was in those places and I picked them for personal reasons – even if I try to pretend that a photograph is nothing but a photograph.
By Elina Heikka and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger.
Published in Elina Brotherus : La lumière venue du nord / The Light from the North – Photographies/Photographs 1997-2015, Hazan and Le Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier 2016. http://www.elinabrotherus.com/texts/