Helena Hernández carried out her studies of Visual Arts in the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) of the Autonomous National University of Mexico in 2006.
The plastic work of Helena Hernández centres itself in artistic practices that promote processes of encounter or of social dialogue and that offer the possibility of opening a diversity of perspectives toward everyday life - creating pieces that are involved in the realities of the community in which they are built.
Her pieces are inserted inside a provocative dynamic; questioning whether or not the spaces pre-destined for art are sufficient for the expansion and development of these provocations. In a wider sense the idea is to create an art open to a different public since traditional artistic circles tend to reproduce the same codes and in so doing legitimise each other. Something very different takes places in spaces in which art has little to no presence. The opportunity for emotional development afforded by artistic practices should be democratic and something to which all have access.
Her artistic activity itself is found in the exhibition and display of her work in public spaces. In this sense her preference for intervention outside the realm of galleries and museums has become the axis of her plastic investigation.
Art for her is a process in action, is mobile, something that questions and also puts in play the values of social space; an adventure in development, that finds itself as an event in differing contexts and social variables; it is a system of relations to be reinvented.
Helena Hernández has attended a diversity of workshops and symposiums, among which: "The Semiotics of Art: the visual identity" Given by Professor Omar Calabrese, BUAP; Puebla,Puebla, "Inter-Sitio" Given by Lorena Wolffer and Arturo Ortíz Struck. Museum of Contemporary Arte Carrillo Gil, Federal District, Mexico, "La Fiesta del Asno. A project of Pablo Helguera" Museum of Contemporary Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico, "South, south, south, south…" SITAC VII, "Inequality, war, crisis" Clinic 3, given by Daniel Heron Usabiaga. CAP, Federal District, Mexico, "Clinicas Injerto" - As part of the activities of the Injerto Symposium, University Museum of Contemporary Art and To Affirm Reality? MuAC, Mexico City, Mexico and the International Symposium of Esthetics and Emancipation in the UNAM, Mexico
She has also participated in collective exhibitions, the most recent being: 2010 "Contraband and treason" ...in the art and history of Latin America" in the TACO (Market of Contemporary Art) in the Faro de Tláhuac, 2009
"Mutant Landscape. The Intervention of the everyday" Estacionarte 09 Clocktower, Mexico City, 2009
"The perfect crime: Insane TV" Yase Torcio Collective, School of Modern Languages Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol,Bristol, England, 2009
"Water" Collective Exhibition of Photography. Fourth Creative Project of the Antonio Case Anglocentro, México City, Mexico.
Individual exhibitions: 2007 "Welcome Death?" Images of Death in Mexico, Photography and drawing, University of Bristol, Bristol, England and 2008 "Extremos" Photography, Anglocentro Antonio Caso, Mexico City, Mexico.
The contests in which she has been selected:
in 2008, "Agua" Selection of the 4th Contest of the Creative Project of the Anglocentro Antonio Caso.
In 2008, "Inter-Sitio" Selected (group) for a project in public spaces in a workshop given by Lorena Wolffer and Arturo Ortíz Struck and in 2009 "Estacionarte 09" Selected in Convocatoria Estacionarte 2009.