ELENA HELFRECHT

Plexus

Plexus emerge de afetos e traumas herdados ao longo de quatro gerações da linhagem feminina de uma família, explorando tópicos relativos à pós-memória, saúde mental e guerras. É um estudo de caso que busca, figurativamente, explorar recorrências, lacunas e repetições. Após a morte de sua avó, Helfrecht volta para a propriedade da família na Baviera tomando esse ambiente como palco e protagonista de uma peça alegórica. Retoma as imagens em “still life” num domínio imaginário e, permeando passado e presente, dá corpo a uma investigação que, ultrapassando as fronteiras pessoais e geográficas, explora o papel protagonista da família nos processos psicológicos e culturais ao longo da história.

Plexus is a photographic case study based on still lifes that emerge from inherited trauma and postmemory, exploring the family as an essential contributor to psychological and cultural processes across history. Helfrecht following her grandmother’s death, returns to the family state in Bavaria and uses the house and its archive as stage and protagonists for an allegoric play. In the process of reconnecting the fragmentary history of her female lineage, the term ‘re-membering’ becomes literal. Immersing herself into this story, she fills the gaps with dreams, associations, and imagined scenes to create a narrative transgressing personal and national boundaries. The objects and architecture of the house become parabolic proxies and open a gate between the past and the present. Permeating the imagery is a figurative search for apparent recurrences in history, echoing her own repetition of her mother’s and grandmother’s behaviours. By confronting a past spanning across four generations, a renewed sense of identity provides ground for a detailed investigation of postmemory, mental health, war, and history.

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