Lena Paßlick (b. 1995 in West Germany) is

a visual artist whose main practice concerns

photography. In her analog photographs, one

can observe an anonymised 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. 

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