In her new exhibition, Portuguese artist Helena Almeida (Lisbon, 1934-2018) presents a selection of her new artworks together with some previous materials, under the generic title Dentro de mim.

 

Almeida began her artistic career sculpting, aiding her father, the Portuguese sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. Then she began painting when she was studying at university. In the 1970s, her production turned to performance, using black and white photography as a medium to capture her artistic actions.

 

Since then, the Portuguese artist became interested in different themes and she has extensively researched them through her creative works: the space, the body, the house, the corner, the floor, the physical space behind the canvas and, above all, the emotions. Each of them is understood as a medium to tell a story.

 

In the new series that we present for the occasion in the space of the gallery, images show a more intimate reflection upon the “self”, upon the emotions, while at the same time emphasizing movement and the idea of sequence, introducing paintings in the image. The setting is always the same studio where Almeida creates a scenography and acts with her body and the objects surrounding her, exhibiting her intimacy in order to transform it in reflections on the universal.

 

Dentro de mim, 2018. 6 photographies b/w with red acrylic ink. 134 x 86 cm each.

 

Dentro de mim, 2018. 3 photographies b/w with red acrylic ink. 134 x 86 cm each.

 

Dentro de mim, 2018. Photograph b/w with red acrylic ink. 134 x 86 cm.

 

Dentro de mim, 2014. Photograph b/w with red acrylic ink. 140 x 150 cm.

 

Exhibition view Dentro de mim © Joaquín Cortés.

 

Exhibition view Dentro de mim © Joaquín Cortés.

 

Exhibition view Dentro de mim © Joaquín Cortés.

 

Exhibition view Dentro de mim © Joaquín Cortés.