Les Artistes

"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Portugal in 1934, she lives and works in Lisbon.

Helena Almeida is a performance and conceptual artist that started her career in the 1960s. Her work explores notions of space and communication, and, more generally, questions the limits of painting as an art form. Her performances are recorded through videos and photographs taken by her husband, the architect Artur Rosa: “He’s always present, but silent. It is as if I’m by myself. He only talks to me if I exist the frame: ‘Helena, you’re not there?’” Her past performances include walking around wearing a white canvas, slashing a canvas and appearing through the slits, or eating the color blue. Almeida has represented Portugal twice at the Venice Biennial, in 1982 and 2005.