The solo exhibition Raiz by the Portuguese photographer Helena Gonçalves was presented at Galleri Image from 28 May to 27 June 2021.
28-05-2021 - 27-06-2021
Helena Gonçalves
Raiz (roots) was a series of staged photographs, recreations of an inner imaginarium: they arise from an archive of memories, concerns, a part of a personal diary. Layers of an obscure space about what we are. Assumed enactments, which do not seek to recreate reality, but where strange moments of relationships between the visible and the invisible are built.

Representations behind representations, immobile figures, or in a small gesture, unidentified, expressive bodies, intension. Almost all photographs emerge from the dark, showing people, animals, nature, or small notes of (chaotic) civilization. The textures of the photographs in the spaces alternate between earth and tar, grass, and cement. The scenario where objects and animals appear, causes a strangeness across the work. We immerse ourselves in a world of the author, a journey through images that bring together, separate, and confuse emotions: nothing is linear. Within the frozen images we get lost in a cloud of possibilities. 

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with Rui Prata, Imago Lisboa, and Portuguese Embassy in Denmark.

Portuguese Ambassador, João Maria Cabral, was present for the opening 28 May.

About the artist
Helena Gonçalves (b. 1978) is a Portuguese photographic artist based in Lisbon. Throughout her career she has worked with staged spaces, sometimes real, sometimes built for the image, with long exposures, pointing the light to part of the scenery that is in the image. Her photography presents the strange moments between the visible and the invisible – light painting on a black canvas. What appears are parts of an underworld, a different layer of our reality. Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, festivals and exhibition spaces in Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, and more. She is the co-founder of Black Box Atelier and teaches at Ar.Co., Atelier de Lisboa and Etic. Since 2000, she has also been the photographer for the Útero Theater Group. It is Helena Gonçalves’ first exhibition in Denmark.  

The exhibition was supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Instituto Camões, Portuguese Embassy in Denmark, and The William Demant Foundation.