Elena Helfrecht (b. 1992, Germany) is a visual artist based in London. In 2014 she graduated in Art History and Book Science at Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen and completed her Master in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2019.

Through photography, she examines the inner space, consciousness, and communication. Her images are created from multiple layers of meaning, characterised by a visceral iconography. She is influenced by the folklore of her childhood in Bavaria and her active and continuous passion for Art History and Psychology.


My photographic practice revolves around consciousness and its interactions with mental and material environments. I am interested in how inner space is formed and influenced, where it originates and how it can be made visible. Engaging in creative play becomes a direct connection between the internal and the external realm. Through this process, I relate individual experiences to collective history and turn personal involvement into a shared understanding.

In my work, I regard photography as a performative action and an extended form of procreation. The inner space is expanded through the apparatus into the image: Thought and vision are injected into the camera’s womb, where a palpable reality is impregnated by light, coalescing into a two-dimensional image. A part of the self is killed, the reality in front of the lens silenced by the shutter, only to be revived by the beholder’s gaze.