Lena Paßlick (b. 1995 in West Germany) is a visual artist whose main practice concerns photography. In her analog photographs, one can observe an anonymized elsewhere that is shaped by a sense of displacement for the contemporary pop culture. This feeling often leads to a nostalgic emotion for a time she has not witnessed. Lena lives and works in The Netherlands and holds a BA in Fine Art from AKI ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design, Enschede (2018). She has recently obtained her Masters of Arts in Fine Art & Design at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, St. Joost School of Art & Design, 's Hertogenbosch (2020).
Nostalgia is multifaceted. It was initially seen as a disease caused by the separation from one's homeland, commonly referred to as homesickness. In time, however, its meaning has shifted from longing for a specific place to a yearning for a certain time, namely the past. Nowadays, some may even argue that the notion has reached the status of a longing for an idealized past that has never existed. Therefore " Nostalgia wears a distinctive utopian face". One might probably recognize the connection between both terms, Nostalgia and Utopia, since they both refer to an elsewhere that will not and does not exist (anymore). This "idealized" perception is often formed by an escapist fantasy hence "Nostalgia can be a romance with one's own fantasy" (Boym). For me, nostalgia gained a new social quality: false nostalgia - an artificial longing for a utopian elsewhere.
Living in a rapidly expanding digital age, where we attempt more and more to have two different representations of ourselves, online and outside, one's authenticity could be questionable. I feel displaced in this contemporary pop culture, which is the reason why I often find myself lost in a nostalgic emotion for a time I have not witnessed. This emotion is strongly rooted in the over-romanticized, assumed perception of the past shaped by memories of my parents and media, as well as the local separation from my culture and home country, Germany. I strive to construct an anonymized 'elsewhere' with this intuition-driven impulse, which is an abstract visualization of my concept of the past and can therefore never exist. Together with my medium, analog photography, I am able to seek patience, authenticity, and concentration, which are values that are difficult for me to realize in contemporary pop culture.
Studio in 's Hertogenbosch (NL)
Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design
MIVC St. Joost School of Art & Design
Eye Research Lab Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam
Bachelor of Fine Art AKI ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design
Hope Spaceless Gallery (UK)