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Patrice Aphrodite Helmar

Portrait of Patrice Aphrodite Helmar

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2023-24

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar is an artist who was born in Juneau, Alaska. They worked in their father’s small-town camera shop and darkroom growing up and they continue to work in photography. Helmar’s work has been shown at the Jewish Museum, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, the National Museum of Iceland, and other spaces. Helmar’s multidisciplinary work is concerned with issues of labor, class, queerness, and the politics of representation. Helmar’s photography is engaged in the poetics of lived experience and everyday life. Helmar received an MAT from the University of Southeast Alaska in 2013, an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2015, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2022. Helmar is currently a Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2023-24 at Harvard University, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute, and a part-time lecturer at the New School. Helmar lives and works in Juneau, Alaska, Jamaica Plain, MA, and New York, NY.

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Down by Law

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar

Down by Law is a collection of photographic works made in Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico with medium and large-format film cameras from 2015 – 2019. I have continued my photographic practice in Alaska, but have not traveled extensively since the beginning of the pandemic. In continuing to make photographs and conduct research in archives, I aim to increase the visibility of the work of queer, non-binary, and female-identifying photographers while also continuing to author my own work.