Curriculum Vitae


2017–2019 Royal College of Art, London, MA Photography (Distinction)
2016–2017 Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, MA Art & Image History (Dropped)
2011–2015 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, BA Art History & Book Science


  • Plexus, Cronos: a matter of time, Camera Work, Palazzo Rasponi 2, Ravenna, IT (Solo show, upcoming, opening: 27th March)
  • With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London, UK (upcoming, opening: 13th Feb, 5-8pm)
  • Paradies, Museum der Verbandsgemeinde Eich, Gimbsheim, DE (ongoing)
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK (ongoing)

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
  • New Talents, The Photographic Exploration Project, Tête Space, Berlin, DE
  • Statement of Being, Deptford Does Art, London, UK
  • Homeland, Revolv Collective, Take Courage Gallery, London, UK
  • Homeland, SeeMeOn 29, Sofia Art Week, Sofia, BG
  • The AOP Student Awards Exhibition, Wex Photo Video, London, UK
  • RCA Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • In Repeat, Photoeast Fringe, Frameworkshop & Gallery, Ipswich, UK
  • Ginnel Foto Fest, Ipswich, UK
  • Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Hot Sheet, Downstairs at The Department Store, London, UK
  • Alarum, Ardesia Projects, Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Tiergarten, Berlin, DE
  • Fragmentation, Coningsby Gallery, London, UK
  • Intro:spective, Revolv Collective, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, UK
  • New Femininity, Curated by Girls, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, NL
  • Envisioning Other Worlds, Bow Arts, London, UK

  • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • European Month of Photography: Emerging Artists, BBA Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Rapture, Aeon Gallery, Illinois, US
  • Family of No Man, Cosmos Books, Arles, FR
  • Photography Project Space, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • One Year Revolv, Revolv Collective,  Safe House 1, London, UK
  • Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK
  • MIA Photo Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Milan, IT
  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

  • Trash cans for hearts and people have no soul, Fotofestiwal, Łódź, PL
  • Still Lives: Honouring the Dead, Gallery X, Dublin, IE
  • La peau de l'ours, Galerie Marie Demange, Brussels, BE
  • MIA Photo Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Milan, IT
  • Fotofever, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Paris, FR
  • Final Girls Film Festival, Moviemento, Berlin, DE

  • Ophelia, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • All dreams continue in the beyond, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Unlocked, Atopos CVC, Athens, GR
  • Cross the Line, KH5 Gallery, Zurich, CH
  • Off Course Art Fair, with Cell63 Gallery, Brussels, BE

  • SHVR, Click! Triangle Photo Festival, North Carolina, US
  • There is strong shadow where there is much light, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • Cross the Line, La Cave Showroom Gallery, Paris, FR
  • Goth: Dissection and Suture, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • Triskaidekaphobie, Galerie Morgenrot, Berlin, DE

  • Rituals, Galerie Morgenrot, Berlin, DE (Solo)
  • Reflect: Art is Dead, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Brüche, Jugendzentrum, Bamberg, DE
  • Docma Award, Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt, DE

Awards and Nominations

  • Camera Work, PR2, Winner
  • HSBC Prix pour la Photographie, Finalist
  • The Aftermath Project Grant, Finalist

  • Le Bal Award for Young Creation, Finalist and Jury Favourite
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Winner
  • Travers Smith CSR Art Programme, Winner
  • Ginnel Foto Award, Winner
  • The Association of Photographers, Student Awards, Winner
  • Magenta Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Winner

  • European Photography Award, Shortlisted
  • 100 Heroines, Royal Photographic Society, Nominee

  • London International Creative Competition, Shortlisted
  • International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
  • The Collector's Apartment, Fotofever, Selected
  • Photography Grant, Nominee

  • Docma Award, Winner
  • Fine Art Photography Awards, Winner


  • British Journal of Photography, Issue 7889, November 2019
  • HANT – Magazin für Fotografie, Issue 12, Zeichen der Zeit, 2019
  • On Death, Kris Graves Projects, 2019
  • Homeland, Revolv Collective, 2019
  • Optika Zine, Issue 2, Ginnel Foto Fest, 2019
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, Cornerhouse Publications, 2019
  • Nook Magazine, Issue 1, 2019
  • THE OPÉRA, Vol. IV & Vol. VII, Kerber Verlag, Ed. Matthias Straub, 2015 & 2018
  • Omens, Photobook, self-published, 2018
  • Dust, Photobook, Ed. Pamela Dimitrov, self-published, 2018
  • The Matrixial Camera, self-published, 2018
  • Unvael Journal, Issue 2, Ed. Michael Ash Smith, 2018
  • Sabat Magazine, Issue 3: The Crone Issue, Ed. Elisabeth Krohn, 2017
  • Steam Noir: Das Kupferherz, Vol. IV, Guest Artist, Cross Cult, 2015
  • Unlocked, Atopos, Ed. Vassilis Zidianakis, 2015

Online Features

Talks and Lectures

2019 London College of Communication, MA Photography Symposium, Guest Speaker
2019 Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Visiting Lecturer
2019 Royal College of Art, London, Artist Talk / Guided Tour
2015 Workshop at the Studio of Felix Mertikat, Ludwigsburg, Guest Speaker
2012 ABM Salon, Heilbronn, Artist Talk with Dr. Bernhard Stumpfhaus

Professional Experience

2018–2019 Royal College of Art, MA Photography, Social Media Manager
2015–2017 Boesner, Berlin, Bespoke Framing Consultant
2013–2014 Art Society, Erlangen, Gallery Assistant
2014 Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg, Art Fair Assistant
2014 Séance, dir. by Johannes Franke, Taucha, Set Photographer
2014 Kunstpalais, Erlangen, Museum Intern
2013 Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Gallery Intern

Elena’s work is represented in private and public collections in UK, US, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and France.