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biography

Born in Havana, Cuba, 1948. Died in New York, USA, 1985.

Ana Mendieta, among the most celebrated Cuban artists, was originally trained as a painter: she soon turned to filmmaking and photography, and later drawing and sculpture, in her short yet extremely prolific career, establishing an exceptional personal synthesis of Body and Land Art through the introduction of the human and female body in the landscape. The realization of ritual performances, translated thorugh all her media, steep her own body into nature, thus emphasizing her physical and spiritual link with the Earth. She traveled and performed between Iowa and Mexico, revealing her interest in the earth as a site to address issues of displacement by recording the presence of her body—or the imprint it left behind—within different natural elements and environments.

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Born in Havana, Cuba, 1948. Died in New York, USA, 1985.

Ana Mendieta, among the most celebrated Cuban artists, was originally trained as a painter: she soon turned to filmmaking and photography, and later drawing and sculpture, in her short yet extremely prolific career, establishing an exceptional personal synthesis of Body and Land Art through the introduction of the human and female body in the landscape. The realization of ritual performances, translated thorugh all her media, steep her own body into nature, thus emphasizing her physical and spiritual link with the Earth. She traveled and performed between Iowa and Mexico, revealing her interest in the earth as a site to address issues of displacement by recording the presence of her body—or the imprint it left behind—within different natural elements and environments.

Among the major solo shows dedicated to the Cuban-American artist: Ana Mendieta: Connecting to the Earth, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Earthbound, Middleheim Museum, Antwerp (2019); Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2016), NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2016), Bildmuseet, Umeå (2017), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and Institute for Contemporary Art, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018); Ana Mendieta: Alma, Silueta en Fuego, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2015); Traces, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London (2013); She Got Love, Castello di Rivoli (2013); Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines and Miami Art Museum, Miami (2004); Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) – Body Tracks, Neues Museum Luzern, Lucerne and Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2002); Ana Mendieta Selected Works, Kunst-Werke Berlin KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2002); Ana Mendieta, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Kusthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf; Fundació Antoni Tápies, Barcelona; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (1996); Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki; Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik and Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde (1996); Ana Mendieta: The Late Works, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland and Artothèque de Caen, Caen (1994).

 

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images

Untitled, 1985

Ink and wash on paper

33 × 21,6 cm; 48,6 × 35,9 cm framed

Untitled, c. 1983-1984

Ink on paper

33 × 21,3 cm; 48,9 × 35,9 cm framed

Untitled, c. 1984-1985

Graphite on paper

33 × 21,6 cm; 48,6 × 35,9 cm framed

Sandwomen, 1983/1994

Black and white photograph

25,4 × 20,3 cm

Sandwomen, 1983/1994

Black and white photograph

25,4 × 20,3 cm

Itiba Cahubaba (Esculturas Rupestres) [Old Mother Blood (Rupestrian Sculptures)], 1981/2004

Black and white photograph

136,3 × 101,3 cm

Caucubú (India mas linda), 1981

Black and white photograph

20,3 × 25,4 cm

Silueta Series (Tree of Life Series), 1978

Color photograph

20,3 × 25,4 cm

Untitled (Silueta Series), 1978

Color photograph

25,4 × 20,3 cm

Volcano, Silueta Series, 1978

Color photograph

20,3 × 25,4 cm

Ochún, 1981

3/4 inch U-matic color video with sound

8'17''

Birth (Gunpowder Works), 1981

Super-8mm black and white, silent film transferred to high-definition digital media

2'59"

Source, 1975

16mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

2'05"

Mirage, 1974

Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

3' 12"

Untitled (Mirage), 1974

Super-8 mm transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

3'18''

Alma, Silueta en Fuego, 1975

Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

3' 07"

Flower Person, Flower Body, 1975

Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

6'20"

Body Tracks, 1974

Super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent

1'01"

public exhibitions

Institute of Modern Art

Brisbane

Ana Mendieta: Connecting to the Earth

9.2 – 30.3.2019

Photo: Carl Warner

American Academy in Rome

Rome

The Academic Body

23.5 – 13.7.2019

Photo: Giorgio Benni. Courtesy: American Academy in Rome

MCA

Chicago

a body measured against the earth

21.9.2018 – 7.4.2019

Photo: Nathan Keay. © MCA Chicago

Gropius Bau

Berlin

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

20.4 – 22.7.2018


© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC.,Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., photo: Mathias Völzke

Gropius Bau

Berlin

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

20.4 – 22.7.2018


© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC.,Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., photo: Mathias Völzke

Gropius Bau

Berlin

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

20.4 – 22.7.2018


© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC.,Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., photo: Mathias Völzke

Akademie der Künste (Hanseatenweg)

Berlin

10 Berlin Biennale

9.6 – 9.9.2018

Photo: Timo Ohler

press

The Connection and Burdens of Ana Mendieta

Sarah Moroz

MP Magazine

16 November, 2018

Mendieta e Rosler

Domus

May 28, 2013

Ana Mendieta

A. M. Martini

Flashart

2013

Ana Mendieta

Kristen M. Jones

Frieze

November 11, 2004

publications

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

Edited by by Howard Oransky

University of California Press

Oakland

2015

Ana Mendieta: Traces

Texts by Ralph Rugoff, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Adrian Heathfield, Stephanie Rosenthal

Hayward Gallery Publishing

London

2013

Ana Mendieta. She Got Love

Edited by Beatrice Merz and Olga Gambari

Skira

Milan

2013

Unseen Mendieta: The Unpublished Works of Ana Mendieta

Olga Viso

Prestel

Munich

2008

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body. Sculpture and Performance 1972 -1985

Edited by Olga Viso

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2004