Hellen is a body-based live art & performance maker, based in London, UK who has been performing nationally and internationally since 2004, originally under the name Trauma Unit.
Coming from a background of body modification, Hellen explores rituals of pain and endurance and how these intense physical acts can entertain us, move us and change us. Themes of loving and fighting, the transgressive feminine body, fetishism and romance are explored through a mix of brutal and beautiful imagery in pieces that often involve blood letting and precise wounds.
And yes, sometimes it does hurt.
Hellen has worked alongside and collaborated with many other artists and performers, most recently with Marisa Carnesky as part of Carnesky’s Tarot Drome and Dominic Johnson in Departure (An Experiment in Human Salvage). She is a long time collaborator with Polish art group Suka Off, and has created several video and live pieces with them, in London, Poland and across Europe.
+ Photo credit: Magnus Arrevad