How come I don’t know anything about the Portuguese artist Helena Almeida?!
I must hasten to add: Helena Almeida is highly regarded – by those who know her, but if you try to do any research on her work you’ll find your sources to be … sparse (to put it mildly). There is, I believe, two reasons for her relative anonymity in the art world, none of them have anything to do with aesthetic quality:
- She is a woman
- She is Portuguese
Fame and recognition in the art world is still mainly reserved for white men, situated in the US or central Europe.
One of the best presentations of Helena Almeida I have found so far, is this video from Jeu de Paume:
If you happen to know anything about her – please let me know!
Helena Almeida, born in Portugal in 1934. Helena Almeida has developed a body of work that marries unconventional materials with photography, drawings, and performance. Presented at the Venice Biennale in 2005 with the exhibition Intus.