Patrícia Almeida

Learn about the artist's universe through a text accompanied by a selection of works from the exhibition “All I want – Portuguese women artists from 1900 to 2020”

By Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Text by Lígia Afonso / Plano Nacional das Artes

Series "Portobello" (Sandie) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Patrícia Almeida's photography emerged from her interest in romantic literature, pop-rock music and urban counter-cultures, an experiential and aesthetic repertoire that determined the setting of her images. An attentive observer of contemporary reality and open to its sensory experience, she made extensive documentary series of great plastic consistency and intense subjectivity.

Series "Portobello" (Sandie) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Sandie), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
96 x 120 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Bachelor party) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Bachelor party), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
30 x 40 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Drinking fountain) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Drinking fountain), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
56 x 70 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Montechoro) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

She became interested in the urban imaginary, focusing on architecture, public spaces, lifestyles, people and gestures that were at once specific and global. In “Portobello” she captures the iconography underlying the phenomenon of the mass summer tourism that occurs in seaside resorts in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, imbuing it with an almost commercial exoticism and revealing stereotypes and consumerist aspirations: the standardised settings, the programmatic happiness of families, the eroticisation of young tanned bodies.

Series "All Beauty Must Die" (2011) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Developed in music festivals, “All Beauty Must Die portrays the idyllic atmosphere of youth, its drive towards the tragic and melancholic, its irreverence and freedom, its candour and bewilderment.

Series "All Beauty Must Die" (2011) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "All Beauty Must Die", 2011
Photograph: inkjet print, Archival paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: oak
125 x 100 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "All Beauty Must Die" (2011) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "All Beauty Must Die", 2011
Photograph: inkjet print, Archival paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: oak
125 x 100 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "All Beauty Must Die" (2011) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "All Beauty Must Die", 2011
Photograph: inkjet print, Archival paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: oak
125 x 100 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Aquashow) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Aquashow), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
56 x 70 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Sauna) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Sauna), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
30 x 40 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Montechoro) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Montechoro), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
80 x 100 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Holiday apartments) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Holiday apartments), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
40 x 50 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Gorilla) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Reacting to encounters that are sometimes spontaneous and at other times provoked, Patrícia Almeida created bodies of images that rub up against and speculate on the border between the real and the unreal, the documental and the fictional, the political and the poetic.

Series "Portobello" (Gorilla) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Gorilla), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
40 x 50 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Al Leão) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Al Leão), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
80 x 100 cm
Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Quarteira) (2008/2009) by Patrícia AlmeidaOriginal Source: Estate of the Artist

Series "Portobello" (Quarteira), 2008-2009
Photograph: inkjet print, Luster paper, glue mounted on PVC; frame: white painted wood
56 x 70 cm
Estate of the Artist

Credits: Story

Selection of works presented at the exhibition All I want: Portuguese women artists from 1900 to 2020, in its first moment at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, within the scope of the cultural program that takes place in parallel to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021.

Exhibition organized by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in co-production with the Center of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré, Tours, and with the collaboration of the Plano Nacional das Artes (Portugal).

Curators:
Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand


Text by Lígia Afonso / Plano Nacional das Artes
Selection of online resources Maria de Brito Matias


Learn more about Patrícia Almeida's works presented in the context of this exhibition:
All I want: Vernacular Life

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