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Studio Hellmich / Wüst

10829 Berlin – Schöneberg


Artists with works at this studio


Helene Hellmich (b. 1986, Wolmirstedt, Germany) studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, graduating as Meisterschüler in 2012. One of the foremost aspects of her work is collecting. Not only objects, but experiences, images and thoughts as well: intangible, perishable, ephemeral, invisible things, which in fact can hardly be collected. Naturally, the process of collecting involves order. To arrive at it, Hellmich finds systems and structures for the accumulated objects. She situates them, thus creating a context which allows her to establish meaning for each individual component. 2013 Hellmich received a one year residency stipend at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Lyon/ France. 2014 she received the Elsa-Neumann Stipendium, Berlin. Important exhibitions of the past years include: Avoiding Exhaustion Just in Time, Parkour, Lissabon; Meet your Idol, Insitu, Berlin, and Bazar, Primo Piano, Paris. With Veronica Wüst Hellmich developed performances for HAU, Berlin, Temporary Gallery, Köln and Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel. Since 2012 they collectively publish the magazine börne&worst. Helene Hellmich lives and works in Berlin.


Veronica Wüst (b. 1983, Santiago de Chile) studied costume and stage design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, graduating 2013 as Meisterschüler. Since then she worked at numerous theaters such as Berliner Ensemble, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and HAU (Hebbel am Ufer). As an artist she continues the collaborative aspects of theatre in the publication Mine (Verlag Gloria Glitzer) and in developing performances with Helene Hellmich for institutions like HAU, Berlin; Temporary Gallery, Köln or Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel. In her drawings Wüst is looking for structures or forms which in their configuration do not always add up to a clear situation. These pictorial ideas are the basis of her artistic work, which investigates material and performative qualities of spaces in different contexts. Veronica Wüst lives and works in Berlin. veronicawuest.tumblr.com


Elsa Salonen (b. 1984 Turku, Finland) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy and is now based in Berlin. Her works unite scientific world view to spiritual positions especially through alchemy, biology and nature. They are situated somewhere between installation, painting and conceptual art. Salonen experiments directly with natural materials by, for example, extracting colours from flowers, processing the dyes further or bleaching plants to make them appear entirely white. Her practice is marked by regular work periods in artist residencies; in Indonesia she studied the animistic worldview and in Colombia the local healing plants. Salonen has hold various solo exhibitions through Europe and her works are part of museum collections such as Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland and Lissone Museum of Contemporay Art, Italy. She has received such awards as National Art Award Italy and Artist Grant Finland. elsasalonen.com

Claudia de la Torre (b. 1986, México City) is a visual artist and director of backbonebooks, an independent publishing house for artist books, editions and exhibitions based in Berlin. Creating objects, fields, spaces in relation to the medium book – backbonebooks performs consistently in a flexible, conceptual and collaborative process. Her work often deals with collaborative aspects of production as well as the process of accumulation, the (re)-ordering of information as well as the relation between language, word, and image. She received prizes and acknowledgments including the DAAD Stipendium for female artists, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, as well as the Rhône-Alpes scholarship. She is present in international book fairs and exhibitions. Her work as been included in shows such as Ed Ru-scha Books & Co. at Gagosian Gallery, as well as the N.Y. Book art Fair in N.Y., Miss read (Berlin), and the Museo de Arte Moderno in México City. claudiadelatorre.com