Conversations, 2017

by Elena Helfrecht

Photography : fine art print 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


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Photography: fine art print

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15.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Origin: Germany

Material: Archival Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Paper.

“Something unreal seeps into the reality of the recollections that are on the borderline between our own personal history and an indefinite pre-history, in the exact place, where, after us, the childhood home comes to life in us […] [I]magination, memory and perception exchange functions. The image is created through co-operation between real and unreal.”

— Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Following her grandmother’s death, Helfrecht returned to her family estate in Bavaria, which became the backdrop for the photographic series ‘Plexus’. By immersing herself in this environment, she developed a photographic case study based on still lifes. The imagery emerged from inherited trauma and post-memory, and exploring the family as an essential contributor to psychological and cultural processes across history.

In this process of examining the fragmentary history of her female lineage, the term ‘re-membering’ becomes literal. Dreams, associations, and imagined scenes fill in the gaps in the artist’s story to create a narrative that transgresses personal and national boundaries. In ‘Plexus’, the objects and the architecture of the house become parabolic proxies that open a gateway between the past and present.

The photographs in ‘Plexus’ represent the artist’s search for historical reoccurrences, echoing her own repetition of her mother’s and grandmother’s behavior. By confronting one’s past spanning across four generations, a renewed sense of identity provides ground for a detailed investigation of post-memory, mental health, war, and history.
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Elena Helfrecht, Conversations
Elena Helfrecht

Elena Helfrecht

Germany  • 1992

Elena Helfrecht is a German visual artist working in the medium of photography. Her practice revolves around exploring the inner space and the phenomena of consciousness. Working from an autobiographical context, her photographs open a window to the surreal and the fantastic, and at times, even the grotesque.

Her work has been shown in more than ten countries, in group and solo exhibitions at institutions and festivals. Selected exhibitions include: South London Gallery, UK; Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, UK; Benaki Museum / Athens Photo Festival, Greece; Galleria Civica Cavour, Italy; Palazzo Rasponi 2, Italy; Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Germany; Photo Vogue Festival, Italy; Encontros da Imagem, Portugal; FORMAT Festival Derby, UK and Palácio das Artes, Brazil.

Helfrecht was twice a recipient of the BJP International Photo Award, as well as the Sony World Photo Awards (2nd place), the Camera Work Award and the AOP Student Awards. She was also nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and as a Jury Favourite for the Le Bal Award for Young Creation, among others.

Her images have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the British Journal of Photography, GUP Magazine, Der Greif, Source Magazine, and Financial Times Weekend. Her work is held in private and public collections.

She lives and works in Bavaria, Germany.

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