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Elena Helfrecht

The Origin of Touch

«“The Origin of Touch” is a raw inquiry into the phenomenon of consciousness, and tries to grasp what science is not yet able to fully explain. I take a philosophical approach to explore the question of existence. Projecting an invisible interior onto a corporeal exterior, a door is opened for a moment, leading through skin and surface, into the beyond. This collection of images is the conjuring of a paradise lost and the mythology of a place impossible to find.»


About the artist

Elena Helfrecht (b. 1992, Germany; based in London) is a visual artist working with photography. In 2019 she completed her Master in Photography at the Royal College of Art, after achieving her Bachelor in Art History and Book Science at Friedrich-Alexander-University in 2015. Elena’s work has been shown interna- tionally, and in 2019 she was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and won the Association of Photographers Student Awards, the Ginnel Foto Award, and Magenta Flash Forward.

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