The Films of Ana Mendieta
1971-81, Ana Mendieta, USA, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Nov 9th 6:00pm
The late Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta forged a radical practice that explored primal themes of displacement, the body, violence, and transformation. Known mostly for her earthworks, photographs, and performances, Mendieta also created numerous short films. With these works, she both captured her ephemeral performances and further transformed them through trick photography, staging, or video synthesis. In SILUETA SANGRIENTA (1975) the artist’s body is suddenly replaced with a pool of blood; in BUTTERFLY (1975) the artist’s body morphs and pulsates with the electrons of a video monitor. Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, film archivist for The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, presents a selection of these films, many which have been recently rediscovered and restored. The program will be followed by a discussion with Raquel Cecilia Mendieta and scholar Rachel Weiss. Digital file.
Scholar Rachel Weiss and film archivist Raquel Cecilia Mendieta are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.