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Helen Almeida: Inside Me


This publication marks the exhibition Helen Almeida: Inside Me held at Kettle’s Yard in 2009. The exhibition was the first UK showing of the extraordinary work of Portuguese artist Helena Almeida, presenting a selection of works made over the last 40 years in a major solo exhibition.

Almeida’s work includes photography, performance and drawing. Although the artist is always in front of the camera, she insists that her images are not self-portraits. Dressed in black since the early 1970’s, sometimes with objects or furniture found in her studio, she assumes positions that she has painstakingly choreographed in order to create complex visual compositions that are as much about space and line as the relationship between the artist and the image. Sometimes she further complicates these compositions by painting directly onto the photographs in bold primary blue or red.

This bilingual publication (English/Portuguese) features essays by Alyce Mahon and Lilian Tone, examining Almeida’s affinities with major cultural and artistic movements such as Performance Art, Brazilian Neoconcretisism and Feminism.

Soft cover
95 pages
Dimensions: 170 x 9 x 210mm
ISBN: 1-904561349