Lot 39
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Helena Almeida

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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Description

  • Maria Helena de Castro Neves de Almeida
  • 'Le Secret', 1976 
  • Each work 21 x 29.5 cm (8½ x 11½ in.)
Four vintage silver prints, two prints with horse hair and two prints with black ink. Signed and dated in black ink on one print. With a gallery label bearing information about the work in facsimile affixed to the back of each frame. Each individually mounted and framed in a perspex box. 

Provenance

Richard Saltoun, London
Private collection, UK

Catalogue Note

Almeida turned to photography in 1969 when she decided three-dimensional paintings were not enough to truly convey her message. The camera allowed her to reimagine herself as a sculpture through performance art, framing it and then adding painterly elements onto it which successfully enabled her idea of self-representation. The Portuguese artist maintains that her images are not self-portraits; rather, she uses her body as an object which carries a number of kinetic actions. “But it’s not me. It’s as though I were another person.”
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