Elina Brotherus

Exhibition Dates: 2 – 25 September 2010
The highly acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Elina Brotherus uses a lucid, disarming, yet apparently straightforward relationship to subject matter. For COMMA, Brotherus is exhibiting a newly commissioned film of a solitary swimmer wading naked into, and breaking, the almost solid water surface of a slippery cold lake. A development of an earlier work, ‘Black Bay Sequence’ depicts the artist in a metaphorical immersion in which she looses herself to the landscape. This piece is presented alongside ‘Time Series IV’ exhibited in its entirety for the first time at Bloomberg SPACE. The series of 100 self portraits, taken each day, documents the physical effects on the artist of strong medication. Brotherus fell ill and was thrown into a different relation between her working practice and the necessity to stay home. The new photographic series, installed along the balcony in the rear gallery, shows a progression of her slowly changing features as the medication blurs the edge and blunts the lines of her face. Both works show Brotherus physically and emotionally naked. By presenting herself to the viewer as the subject she simultaneously looses herself in terms of meaning or presence.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.