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Ana Mendieta

Born, 1948 in Havana, Cuba. Died, 1985

From the catalogue Who More Sci-Fi Than Us?: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean: “In a brief yet prolific career, Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) created groundbreaking work in photography, performance, film, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and site-specific installations. Mendieta’s work has been the subject of several major museum retrospectives at institutions in the United States, Spain and Mexico, including the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico. The most recent retrospective, Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculptures and Performance 1972-1985 was organized by the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. in 2005 and traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Miami Art Museum, USA.

Mendieta was a pioneer in the artistic exploration of identity politics and feminism. Her identity as a Cuban exile informed a hybrid of form and documentation in her work, which was unique even among the innovative artists of the 1970s. Mendieta is best known for her “Silueta” series of works: fugitive and potent traces of the artist’s inscription of her body in the landscape, transformed by fire, water, and natural minerals. Her ‘Silueta en fuego’ was selected for Who More Sci-Fi Than Us?: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean.

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