Helsinki Contemporary presents at Market Art Fair a curated duo of works by Elina Brotherus and Aki Turunen

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12 – 14 MAY


Friday, 12 May Invitation only
Saturday, 13 May 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 14 May 11:00 – 17:00

Liljevalchs Konsthall, Djurgårdsvägen 60
115 21 Stockholm

Helsinki Contemporary presents at Market Art Fair 2023 a curated booth with Elina Brotherus’ photographic artworks and Aki Turunen’s paintings. Both artists, working in different mediums, have an art-historical approach to their work and a shared interest in humanity and nature. Showing these two artists together creates an extraordinary, multi-layered duo presentation.

Elina Brotherus' new series of photographic artworks is related to John Baldessari. In 2021 Brotherus was invited to work at the Château de Bois-Héroult in France as part of the ‘Voisins de Campagne’ project. During her residency period Brotherus produced images that deal with the landscape theme and make use of the manor's impressive parks. Initially Brotherus started working with the Baldessari theme in 2016. A project that brings together heritage and the present was a natural point to refer to the artist in more detail, and in autobiographical way.

Aki Turunen's new series of paintings for Market Art Fair is based on the eroticism drawing from pictorial tradition of medieval manuscripts. Turunen's work draws inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's dreamlike apocalyptic visions, artistic imaginations influenced by the trans-avant-garde, Iranian miniatures and Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts. By shaping traditional tools to his own use and combining a personal narrative to images drawn from history, Turunen approaches a shared human experience through his paintings.

Elina Brotherus, Baldessari in the Park (Coccinelle 2), 2021, pigment ink print, 90 x 120 cm


Elina Brotherus (b. 1972) works in photography and moving image. Her work has been alternating between autobiographical and art-historical approaches. Photographs dealing with the human figure and the landscape, the relation of the artist and the model, gave way to images on subjective experiences in her bodies of work ‘Annonciation’ and ‘Carpe Fucking Diem’. In her current work she is revisiting Fluxus event scores and other written instructions for performance-oriented art of the 1950s-70s. Another big theme in her current practice is architecture. Brotherus photographs in private houses designed by important architects, taking roles of various imagined characters and bringing a tranquil human presence to these iconic spaces of architectural heritage. Elina Brotherus lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. She has an MA degree in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki. She started exhibiting internationally in 1997. She has been awarded, among others, Carte blanche PMU, France, in 2017, the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2008, and the Prix Niépce in 2005. Her works are in public collections including the Pompidou Centre, Paris, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum Folkwang, Essen, and MAXXI, Rome, to name a few.

Aki Turunen, Antipode, 2023, tempera on wood, 50 x 70 cm
Photo: Jussi Tiainen


Aki Turunen's (b. 1983) paintings are based on a combination of intuitive, subconscious imagery and knowledge of art history. Turunen’s interest in history and tradition causes the artist to position himself strongly in the continuum both in his choices of materials and the imagery he deals with. Turunen lives and works in Helsinki. He graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2011. Turunen has also studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, e.g. at the Helsinki ContemporaryMartin Asbæk Gallery in Denmark, Schwarz Contemporary in Berlin and in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 2011. His works are, among others, in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and the Finnish State Art Commission. In 2021, Turunen was awarded by the Finnish Art Society a William Thuring designated prize.

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