Curriculum Vitae


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and Nominations

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


Online Features


2015–2017 Bespoke Framing Consultant, Boesner, Berlin
2013–2014 Gallery Assistant, Art Society, Erlangen
2014 Set Photographer, Séance, dir. by Johannes Franke, Taucha
2014 Museum Intern, Kunstpalais, Erlangen
2013 Gallery Intern, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin


2019 Guest Speaker, London College of Communication, London
2019 Guest Speaker, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
2015 Guest Speaker, Workshop at the Studio of Felix Mertikat, Ludwigsburg
2012 Guest Speaker, Talk with Dr. Bernhard Stumpfhaus, ABM Salon, Heilbronn

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