Ana Mendieta
American, Cuban born, 1948-1985
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
A Body Measured Against the Earth,
MCA Chicago
Ana Mendieta: Experimental and Interactive Films,
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Ana Mendieta: Experimental and Interactive Films,
Galerie Lelong & Co.

An influential artist best known for her “earth-body” performances, as she called them, Ana Mendieta explored her identity as a female emigrant in work that also encompassed photography, film, and sculpture. Exiled from Cuba at the age of 12 and sent to an orphanage in Iowa, Mendieta used the earth as a site to address issues of displacement, impressing her body in various outdoor locations and recording its imprint in photographs and video. In these Silueta works, performed from 1973–77, she would often fill in the silhouette of her body with materials including rocks, twigs, flowers, and blood, combining a concern with primal rituals and a modern, feminist sensibility. Mendieta wanted to invoke the “magic, knowledge, and power of primitive art…to express the immediacy of life and the eternity of nature,” as she once said. In other works she smeared herself with blood, or used it to …

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