Elina Brotherus was born in 1972 in Helsinki, Finland, and currently lives and works in Finland and France. She works in both photography and video, and began her career exploring subjective experiences such as the presence and absence of love, later moving on to more formal issues. Her current body of work focuses on the human figure in landscape, and on the gaze of the artist on his or her model. Many of her photographs and videos are self-portraits, investigating the relationship between individuals and the spaces around them, whether those spaces are interiors or nature.

Brotherus has had solo exhibitions at gb agency, Paris (2013, 2010, 2007, 2005, and 2001), Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012 and 2009), The Wapping Project Bankside, London (2010, 2009, 2008, 2004, and 2001), National Art Center, Tokyo (2008), and the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2006, 2005, and 1999), among others. She has participated in group exhibitions at FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France (2014), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2014), the French Institute of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (2013), MAMBO Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia (2013), Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden (2013), Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2013), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2012), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2012), Musée-Château d’Annecy, France (2012), the Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain MAMAC, Liège, Belgium (2012), Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, France (2011), and Musée du Montparnasse, Paris (2010), among many others.