Inês Zenha is a 26 year old Portuguese artist based between Lisbon and Paris. Her work divides in a wide range of media: sculpture, ceramics, assemblage-installation and painting.
Her sculptures considers painting in its specificity and context, in relationship to bodies and space.
Approaching concerns around materials and support to questions around desire, intimacy and violence, Inês reimagines the body of painting through an abstract lesbian discourse alternative to a totalizing and fixed system of representation. It questions the placement of a body that is both constructed and erased by the structures of support, but at the same time a body that reclaims space for becoming-other, striving for the abolition of straight concrete fixities in favour of individual fluid expression.
Sometimes the wall opens, others a window offers escape, opening a door, but not yet closing it. From the inside outwards the frame, she collects, deconstructs and rebuilds the inside parts of a house, like the inside of her-selves. The essence of her work, lies behind the (un)domestic performance of this process.
Each object, each material, the weight, the scale, the movement, the use of archetypal gender colours, the fragility or plasticity between folding, holding and opening into - all of these play symbolic roles within her visual narrative.
Painting what's next? / FOCO Gallery, Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais
Resident Artists show La Folie Barbizon artist residency, France
Between folding, enfolding and yet to be unfolded / Petit Ami at the former Maison Rouge space, Paris
Capitulo I / PADA, Auditorio municipal barreiro, Lisbon
Feedback / Switch Gallery, Lisbon
Deconstructed / Ux art space, commissioned by Lexus, Lisbon
Twilly's Playground / Saatchi Gallery, commissioned by Hermes, artist collective collaboration, London
Painting beyond itself / 14 cinema, London
Show one / Central Saint Martins, London
Thinking through the body / Freud Museum, London
sound piece for Tony Bevan Institute of contemporary arts, London
Instants of the Now / La junqueira part of the exterior programme of ArCo art fair, Lisboa
La Junqueira Artist Residency, 3 months, Lisbon
La Folie Barbizon, 1 year, France
PADA, undefined, Lisbon
BA Fine Arts Central Saint Martins, London 2014-2017
Foundation in Arts and design University of the Creative Arts, Rochester 2012-2013