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GRADUATE
PHOTOGRAPHY
ONLINE 2019

Elena Helfrecht

Plexus

‘Plexus’ is an exploration of a suppressed and unfamiliar past, entangled with numerous layers of personal and collective history, trauma, memory, and silence. In this work, I investigate the complex routes of my ancestors using my family house and archive. The fabrication of accounts through objects and spaces reveals bridges between the now and then. This photographic case study provides a familiar terrain to explore the influence of the family in the discovery of psychological and cultural processes within history. The creation of dream-like environments and symbols interlinks all that is remembered and simultaneously forgotten. Constructing a home and a sense of identity, spanning across four generations, provides grounds for a detailed investigation of postmemory, mental health, war and history.

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‘The Spiral’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘The Black Hole’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘The Door’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Grandma’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Mother Tongue’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘'Plexus', Installation View, RCA Show 2019’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘'Plexus', Installation View, RCA Show 2019’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Left: ‘Cut, so we bleed the same shade of red', essay by Krasimira Butseva’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art

‘The Spiral’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘The Black Hole’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘The Door’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Grandma’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Mother Tongue’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘'Plexus', Installation View, RCA Show 2019’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘'Plexus', Installation View, RCA Show 2019’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art‘Left: ‘Cut, so we bleed the same shade of red', essay by Krasimira Butseva’ - Elena Helfrecht - Royal College of Art

Current Course:

Royal College of Art  MA Photography

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Courses:

Brighton University
MA Photography

UWE Bristol
MA Photography

Falmouth University
MA Photography (Flexible Learning)

Goldsmiths University of London
MA Photography: The Image & Electronic Arts

London College of Communication
MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography

London College of Communication
MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography (Part-time/Online mode)

University of Portsmouth
MA Photography

Royal College of Art
MA Photography

University of South Wales
MA Documentary Photography

Ulster University
MFA Photography

University of Westminster
MA Documentary Photography & Photojournalism

University of Westminster
MA Photography Arts

Categories:

Documentary/Photojournalism

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Commercial/Fashion

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Landscape

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Portraiture

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Staged/Constructed

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Urban/Suburban Landscape

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