Helena Almeida

Centro Cultural de Belém

Pés no Chão, Cabeça no Céu” (Feet on the Ground, Head in the Clouds) encompasses thirty-five years of work in which, between the studio floor and the blue sky, everything passed through the body of Helena Almeida. In the ’60s the artist began questioning the material and conceptual elements that constitute the definition of painting. In the ’70s she abandoned traditional modes of depiction to undertake an array of practices whose point of departure is her own body. It all begins “inside me”—“Dentro de Mim,” as the title of a series of photographs from 2000–2001 says—not in the psychological sense of a subjectivity that expresses itself, but in the performative sense of material (the body) presenting itself.

Almeida creates successive series of black-and-white photographs of herself. The photos register moments of the action of moving about, painting, or drawing in the studio—not painting

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