Lisbon, Portugal, 1934
Helena Almeida, major figure in contemporary art, whose iconic body of work explores and calls into question traditional forms of expression, driven by a constant urge to exceed the space delimited by the picture plane. Almeida’s artistic practice spans photography, performance and drawing and has evolved out of an abiding interrogation of the language of painting. Helping herself of her own image, the artist meticulously re-enacts and obsessively stages the multiple places and fragilities of the body in contemporary culture and society, creating complex visual compositions. The drawing works could be perceived as the thought for her production, but also as a practice itself. Helena’s thoughts start on drawings.