Artist and writer
My work explores in general notions of home, and the personal causes of migration and exile; and in particular it observes the heimlich and the unheimlich when being abroad, and questions the unspoken around the anxieties of the stranger.
I have just published my graphic novel Lulu la sensationnelle, by Presque Lune Editions, in France; and finished a full length film in collaboration with artist Nick Stewart: As Sure As The Rain was awarded with a silver laurel by the International Independent Film Awards, in Los Angeles. At the moment I am working on my new graphic novel.
In my teaching I actively explore the innovation for art education, as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, mainly with Dialogue (https://helenblejerman.com/metaacademy/). It began funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. I am also an associate lecturer at Sheffield University where I teach Spanish Language and image, for the Department of Hispanic Studies in the Institute for Lifelong Learning.
After exhibiting my art projects nationally and internationally (see helenblejerman.org) I came back to writing, an old love. I have written for publications like Now Then Magazine, and Berfrois, and have published my short stories in Mexican anthologies. I am a frequent guest at BBC Radio Sheffield, and I have written and co-produced cultural radio shows exploring the feelings around the mother tongue when living abroad (for Radio Sheffield Live 93.2 fm and Radio UNAM 96.1 fm). Projects like Deciphering the City, El Proyecto Calavera, On Pain the Dead and Other Delicacies, and El Jardín de Nuestra Lengua (Our Language Garden).
I have a degree in Advertising and a masters degree in Art. I have worked in places like Mexico, Africa, and England. I have been an invited speaker in places such as Bastad, Sweden (for a European Commission project); Dublin (for Instituto Cervantes de Dublín, and the Mexican Embassy in Ireland) and Cork, Ireland (for Cork University).