Helena ALMEIDA: Inhabited drawings / Desenhos habitados

27 March - 22 May 2015

Richard Saltoun Gallery announces a solo exhibition of the acclaimed and influential post-war Portuguese artist, Helena Almeida, marking the artist's UK debut. The exhibition presents a selection of works from some of her most iconic series from the 1970s and 1980s. 

 

Throughout her career Almeida has continuously explored and questioned traditional media, breaking away from the pictorial plane by placing her body as the subject of her work – or as the title of her exhibition suggests, by 'inhabiting' them. Almeida's body, often clad in black, performs carefully choreographed movements in dialogue with simple, everyday objects.

 

The resulting photographic image is never purely representational, but blurred and grainy, and often interfered with by a drawn line, a paint-stroke, or a sculptural element such as horsehair: they exist beyond the limits of the 2-dimensional photographic surface through these interferences.