Grandma, is an artwork from Helfrecht’s latest series “Unternächte”, which reflects on the period between Winter Solstice and Epiphany in Bavaria – a time known in parts of Southern Germany and Austria as “Rauhnächte”. It comprises the last six nights of the old year, and the first six nights of the new year. During this time, life and death, light and darkness meet, and a door opens to the otherworld. The “Unternächte” are a metaphor for our lives, a reminder, and an opportunity for introspection. Exploring ideas of rituality, magic, divination, dreams and clairvoyance, the artist holds in tension old family myths and history with new rituals she seeks to create with her camera and experiences.
(This print is available for sale framed, qualifying for free shipping in the UK only. Non-framed editions qualify for free shipping in the EU [subject to availability]. This artwork is also available in 35cmx24cm in an edition of 20 + 2APs at £300. For further details please contact us.)
Medium: Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Baryta, mounted on aluminium
Frame: Black wooden frame
Edition: 1/3. This work is also available in 600mmx4000m in an edition of 3 + 2 AP & 350mmx20mm in an edition of 20 + 2 AP.
With authenticity certificate.
About the Artist
Elena Helfrecht completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2019, after receiving her BA in Art History & Book Science in Erlangen in 2015. Her work revolves around the inner space and the phenomena of consciousness, emerging from an autobiographical context and opening up to the surreal and fantastic, at times grotesque. Interweaving memories, experiences and imagination, she creates inextricable narratives with multiple layers of meaning characterised by visceral iconography. Through this process, she relates individual experiences to a collective history and turns personal involvement into a shared understanding.
She was nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Award and won the 2nd place in the BJP International Photo Award and the Sony World Photo Awards. She was a winner of Camera Work and finalist in the HSBC Photography Prize.
Her work was selected by the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and as a Finalist for the Le Bal Award.