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Helena Almeida

Helena Almeida’s (1934) more recent works, in which she only portrays reduced ideas of movement by using her own body, bring together her decades of research about the notion of space and the photographic medium itself.

In the video A Experiênca do Lugar II, (The experience of Location, 2004) we see the artist sliding about the floor of her studio. In an a almost sacred framework that is reduced to extreme formal austerity, she experiences her environment, its dimensions and its characteristics. At the end of the video, we hear an extract from the aria Orpheus and Eurydike by Gluck. As for Almeida, Orpheus “really experienced a location – hell”.


  1. Helena Almeida A Experiênca do Lugar II, 2004

    Projection vidéo noir & blanc, son
    12 min 47 sec
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2005 - Reginald Neuman Luxembourg
    © Photogramme : Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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