Hélio Luís: Beyond Taprobana
Kutlesa is pleased to present Beyond Taprobana, an exhibition of new paintings by the Lisbon-based painter Hélio Luís, on view at the gallery's location. This will be the artist's first solo show with the gallery.
But the works’ critical gaze extends beyond the specificity of Portugal’s history. The impact of European presence within foreign cultures is a persistent theme, witnessed in the paintings featuring Rimbaud, based on photographs purportedly depicting the poet during his stay in Abyssinia. Rimbaud—the genius who revolutionized European poetry only to become an arms dealer and a slave trader in Eastern Africa, the great soul who in Camus’ words committed “spiritual suicide” to become a “burgeouis trafficker”—is portrayed as a human embodiment of European culture and its perpetual role as a colonizing force.