Elina Brotherus: Seabound. A logbook

Photographs: Elina Brotherus
Concept and graphic design: Ilona Ilottu, dog design
Texts: Timo Valjakka, Nicolai Tangen, Elina Brotherus
Colour separation: Petri Kuokka, Aarnipaja, Helsinki
Published: Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
Release date: May 2021
Edition: 1000
Printing: Offizin Scheufele, Stuttgart
Bound: Großbuchbinderei Josef Spinner, Ottersweier
ISBN 978-3-96900-033-5

Year: 2021
Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.5 cm (K x L)

Location: Photographic Gallery Hippolyte (Yrjönkatu 8-10, 00120 Helsinki)

The book gathers together the series Seaboud photographed by Elina Brotherus in Norway. In the skillfully planned book, the photographs run rhythmically and the spreads open beautifully. The book radiates a northern light. The photographs include many references, such as 19th century paintings in Sørlandets Kunstmuseum’s collection, event scores and other references by Yoko Ono, John Baldessari, VALIE EXPORT or Geoffrey Hendricks. The “log” in the end of the book offers a peek behind the scenes: it shows how the artist gets prepared and how she functions on location. The use of different papers gives rhythm to the book and provides a haptic, tactile feel. Magnified details as transitional images make the viewer zoom in and out, as if coming closer to the work in an exhibition.

Seabound. A logbook is the winner of the Finnish Photobook Award 2021.


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