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"Inhabited Painting" by Joana Ascensão
14 NOV 2015
A film about the work of Helena Almeida, an artist who, since the late 60’s, has created a body of work in which she explores the limits of self-representation and the frontiers of different media, be it painting, drawing, photography or video. Inhabited Painting focuses on the various elements involved in the elaborate creative process through which Helena Almeida constructs her pieces, from her first studies right up to the exhibition of her finished works.

Is a film about the artist Helena Almeida. Saying this, that it is "about Helena Almeida”, may be misleading, given that "biography” is far from being the film’s motive – and the fact that we rarely see the face of the artist (in some shots, ostensibly cut by framing) only serves to emphasise this fact. It does not seek to depict "the person”, but to demonstrate the relationship between the artist, the ways of working and the oeuvre, to see how the body (mostly the hands) "lives” in her painting, her photography and her video. (Luís Miguel Oliveira)

The cinema session will be introduced by the film director, Joana Ascensão.

Activity associated to the exhibition "HELENA ALMEIDA: MY WORK IS MY BODY, MY BODY IS MY WORK"

Joana Ascensão is a film director and a film programmer. She directed the film "Pintura Habitada” (Grand Prize for Best Portuguese Feature-Length Documentary at the 2006 DocLisboa Festival) which has been exhibited in numerous international film festivals, museums and galleries in Portugal and abroad. Since 2009, as a film programmer at Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema, she has regularly curated several film programmes and retrospectives, as Visões do Deserto; Marguerite Duras: A Cor da Palavra; Filmes das Cooperativas; 25 de Abril, Sempre – O Movimento das Coisas; or, more recently, Filmes de Fotógrafos-Artistas.

direction and camera Joana Ascensão
sound João Matos, Nuno Morão, Mathilde Neves
editing Joana Ascensão, João Nisa
production Joana Ascensão, João Matos, Susana Nobre
sound editing João Matos, Emídio Buchinho
mixing Emídio Buchinho
financial support Instituto das Artes / Ministério da Cultura, Fundação Luso- Americana para o Desenvolvimento, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
PORTUGAL - 2006 - 50´- colour 
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule18h00 - 19h00
  • Days14 NOV 2015
  • Price€ 3,00

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