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394. Elena Helfrecht


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Episode 394: German artist Elena Helfrecht joins me to speak about her fantastic and phantasmagoric new book Plexus, published by Void.

Plexus is a deep psychological study of a family home in Bavaria, Germany. Apart from having a family history, the house also shares a longer history in the shadow of Twentieth-century German history. Though neither family history, nor German history are the direct focus of the book, the two tropes combine to create a miasmatic and ghostly series of photographs that present as etched from the house to a deep and disturbing series of photographs that hint at psychoanalysis but present more as a disturbed study ala Gaston Bachelard on a bad trip.

During the episode, Elena and I spoke about her background, family history, and the house itself. We managed to speak about our shared experiences, our interest in post-mortem photography and the photographs of Joel-Peter Witkin. It turns out that there was quite a bit to speak about. Please tune in!

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Music: Algiers, with their full permission
Editing: Adam Mead
Photograph Credits: Elena Helfrecht
Executive Producer: Brad Feuerhelm

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