25.06. – 29. 07.2021
screening Lindenstrasse 35 Berlin,
daily 9 pm -12 am

Elina Brotherus
Nu Montant un Escalator, 2017, 3:30 min

Elina Brotherus has worked throughout her career in photography and moving images using intimate stories to replay implicit feminism: her self-portraits investigate the relationship between the female individual and space. Nu Montant un Escalator (Nude Descending a Staircase) is part of her extensive series, in which she reviews iconic images from art history as well as contemporary art. Here, she uses the painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) by Marcel Duchamp as an inspiration. The work now perceived as a modernist classic was created in a futuristic spirit and reflects the need to strive for modernity. Brotherus stages her performance in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Today, the building is an established monument to modernity, whereas by the time it was built between 1970 and 1977 the Centre Pompidou was seen as revolutionary in its construction and design. In staging herself as a model on the transparent escalator, known as the "caterpillar”, the artist brings a tranquil human presence to this iconic space. She is creating images that are personal, yet deliberately open for the observer's projections. Being at the same time both the model and the artist, Brotherus is exploring the relationship between object and subject – questioning the place of the female body in modern society.

4K video, stereo
After Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase (Nu descendant un escalier), 1912
Directed and performed by Elina Brotherus
Image: Nathalie Durand
Editing: Elina Brotherus and Lauri Astala
Original music and sound design: Antti Ikonen
Post-production: Lauri Astala
Special thanks: Véronique Labelle, MNAM Centre Pompidou ; Françoise Vogt, PMU


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