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False Memory

Elena Helfrecht

Plexus is a photographic case study of archival still lifes, that highlight the effects of inherited trauma and post memory. The series provides a familiar terrain to explore the influence of the family in the discovery of psychological and cultural processes within history. Investigating the complex routes of her ancestors, Helfrecht uses her family home and archive, finding documents and artefacts to add her own narrative to what is left unknown. The objects and architecture of the house becomes a gateway connecting the past and the present. With this body of work, Helfrecht raises awareness for the repercussions of conflicts generations later and examines how collective memory is shaped and influenced. Creating a new sense of identity through confronting the past and other generations, provides grounds for a detailed investigation of post memory, mental health, war, and history.

Helfrecht completed her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2019 and currently works between London and Bavaria. In 2020, she was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award and awarded the 2nd place in the Professional Still life category at the Sony World Photography Awards. Elena’s images have been featured in numerous publications including the British Journal of Photography and ‘On Death’ by Kris Graves Projects and the Humble Arts Foundation, which was one of Time’s 30 Best Photobooks of 2019. 

Elena Helfrecht, The Black Hole from the series Plexus, 2019, Inkjet print on Baryta paper, Courtesy of the Artist ©Elena Helfrecht

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Elena Helfrecht, Making a Home from the series Plexus, 2019, Inkjet print on Baryta paper, Courtesy of the Artist ©Elena Helfrecht

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Elena Helfrecht, The Door from the series Plexus, 2018, Inkjet print on Baryta paper, Courtesy of the Artist ©Elena Helfrecht

False Memory