Helena Almeida, Listen to me (Ouve-me), 1979, still from a super 8 film transferred to video, black & white, silent, 4’50”.
I saw this film as part of the Portrait exhibition in Lisbon on the 25th of September 2018 - it turns out that she died exactly on that day at her home in Sintra, aged 84. Almeida was an important female artist who embraced a radical approach using herself in photographs, films and performances. Her statement “My work is my body, my body is my work” tells it all.
Día de trabajo en Madrid con parada obligada en la galería @madridxfproyectos con el fantástico solo show del artista #frankgerritz 'Four center connection' y en @galeriahelgadealvear con una magistral Helena Almeida recientemente desaparecida. Una muestra contudente titulada 'Dentro de mim' que muestra una reflexión más íntima sobre el “yo” sobre las emociones, a la vez que insiste en el movimiento y en la idea de secuencia introduciendo la pintura en la imagen
Pic by Pilar Jiménez Rencifo #art#madrid#pintura#foto#contemporaryart#xavierfiol#helenaalmeida
Act I One Thing Plus Another Thing or One Thing Minus Another Thing. That’s How Stories Begin.
Lining up to listen to Aloof, 2005 - 2006 by Dominique Petitgand. On the right hand Desehno Habitado, 1975 by Helena Almeida. #dominiquepetitgand#aloof#helenaalmeida#tlonprojects
HELENA ALMEIDA (b.1934 Lisbon - d.2018) was a Portuguese artist who used drawing, painting, performance and photography to create works that blurred the boundaries of genres. Well-known in her home country, Almeida only began to receive international recognition in the years before her death (aged 84), with her work being exhibited at Tate Modern this year. Her signature technique was to use her own body to construct photographic self portraits, videos and performance works - “I turn myself into a drawing. My body as a drawing, myself as my own work.” She was greatly inspired by the work of Italian artist Lucia Fontana, especially his motive of slashing canvases, but also Yves Klein’s use of blue. Shying away from feminist interpretations of her work, Almeida has nonetheless been included in many group exhibitions focusing on feminist art in the post-war, and postmodernist era. #helenaalmeida#portugal#femaleartist#obituary
Helena Almeida (1934 - 2018) sadly passed away last month. In her video 'Untitled' 2010 we see in the frame only Elena's leg tied up to her husband's leg, Artur Rosa who was her eternal colaborator. We watch the slowly process of walking the length of her studio... A great metaphor for a life together.
It is included in the exhibition 'Quel Amour!? #helenaalmeida#womenartists#contemporyart#iwishihaditonmywall