Elena Helfrecht is a visual artist currently based in London.

Her practice explores the human consciousness, often through raw self-reflection. She conceptually exposes internal discourses and transforms psychological processes into a visible reality, enabling the viewer to access objective issues through a subjective mind.

While using her own body as an instrument, she also preserves experiences and mindsets, using the skin in her pictures as a sensory and subordinate element pointing to the invisible impelling force enveloped by flesh and bones. Hailing from a background of Art History, where she completed her bachelor's degree in 2015, she studies for her master in photography at the Royal College of Art since 2017.


2017 - 2019Master Programme of Photography, Royal College of Art, London

2016 - 2017 Master Studies of Art and Image History, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
2011 - 2014 Bachelor of Arts, Art History & Book Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen

Solo Shows

2015  Berlin, Cell63 - There is strong shadow where there is much light
     (with Luisa Catucci and Marta Sklodowska)
2015  Tokyo, Vanilla Gallery - There is strong shadow where there is much light
     (with Luisa Catucci and Marta Sklodowska)
2014  Berlin, Galerie Morgenrot - Rituals
2014  Bamberg, Sound 'n' Arts - Nightmares
2012  Heilbronn, ABM-Salon - Schwarzer Abend
     (Talk with Dr. Bernhard Stumpfhaus and Beamershow)

Group Shows

2017  Berlin, Moviemento - Final Girls Film Festival
2017  Brussels, Galerie Marie Demange - La peau de l'ours
2017  Dublin, GalleryX - Still Lives: Honouring the Dead
2016  Berlin, Cell63 - Ophelia
2016  Berlin, Cell63 - All dreams continue in the beyond
2016  Athens, Atopos CVC - Unlocked
2016  Zürich, KH5 Gallery - Cross the Line
2015  Paris, La Cave Showroom Gallery - Cross the Line
2015  Tokyo, Vanilla Gallery - Goth: Dissection and Suture
2015  Berlin, Galerie Morgenrot - Triskaidekaphobie
2014  Berlin, Cell63 Gallery - Reflect: Art is Dead
2014  Berlin, FotoliaLAB - Docma Award 2014
2014  Frankfurt, Museum für Kommunikation - DOCMA Award
2014  Bamberg, Jugendzentrum - Brüche
2013  Whitby, Spa Pavilion - Bram Stoker International Film Festival
2013  Leipzig, Agra Café - Wave Gotik Treffen
2013  Stade, Festung Grauer Ort - Aethercircus

Art Fairs and Festivals

2017  Paris, Fotofever, with Luisa Catucci Gallery
2017  Łódź, Fotofestiwal: Trash cans for hearts and people have no soul
2017  Brussels, Off Course Art Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery
2017  Milan, MIA Photo Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery
2016  Berlin, Unframed Festival, with Cell63 Gallery
2016  Turin, The Others Art Fair, with Cell63 Gallery
2016  Brussels, Berlin Extravaganza, with Cell63 Gallery
2016  Brussels, Off Course Art Fair, with Cell63 Gallery
2015  North Carolina, Click! Triangle Photo Festival: SHVR Pop-Up Show


2014  Docma Award, Category Lehrling, 1st Prize
2014  Fine Art Photography Awards, Amateur, 1st Place

Books / Collections (Print, Selection)

Sabat Magazine - 3: The Crone Issue
Vassilis Zidianakis, UNLOCKED, Atopos
Matthias Straub, THE ÓPERA Vol. IV, Kerber Verlag
Felix Mertikat & Verena Klinke, STEAM NOIR IV, Cross Cult Verlag (Guest artist)

Magazines (Print, Selection)

DOCMA Magazin, No. 60 & No. 75
Miroir Magazine, Legend
Pictures Magazine, 6/12
Digital Design Magazine, 4/12
Dark Beauty Magazine, Issue 13.5 & Issue 36
Straw Dogs Magazine, Issue 4
Schwarzweiss Magazin, Nr. 99
Erlanger Nachrichten, 23.4.14
Fuss Magazine, Surrealism, 4/30/14
Visual Artistry Magazine, May 2014
Feroce Magazine, June 14.1
Fränkischer Tag
Sain City, Issue 10
Inside Artzine, No. 18

Online (Selection)

art - Das Kunstmagazin

Represented in private and public collections in Japan, USA, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France.