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During her brief but prolific career, Cuban artist Ana Mendieta® conceived an innovative body of work that materialized in photography, film, video, drawing, sculpture and site-specific installations. The main themes of her work continue to be relevant today, as they traverse present-day issues such as exile, displacement and the return to nature. Mendieta established her own personal synthesis between Body and Land Art through the hybridization between form and documentation, generating a series of works that she titled Siluetas. In these powerful productions where the artist fuses her body with nature, Mendieta allows the metamorphosis of herself into natural elements such as fire and water, becoming part of nature. From Iowa to Mexico, through Cuba, New York and finally Rome, Ana Mendieta explored the concept of the earth as a space in which to address issues of displacement by articulating the presence of her body and its trace within different natural elements and environments.

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Selected Works

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Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants)

1972 / 1997

Suite of seven color photographs

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Untitled

1972/2020

Suite of six black and white photographs

Each, 57 x 73 x 4 cm (22 716 x 28 34 x 1 916 inches)

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Body Tracks

1974 / 2012

Suite of five color photographs

Variable dimensions

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X-ray

c. 1975

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

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Flower Person, Flower Body

1975

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

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Untitled

c. 1978-79

Graphite on paper

33.2 x 39.6 cm (13 116 x 15 1932 inches)

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Birth (Gunpowder Works)

1981

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

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Ochún

1981

3/4 inch U-matic color video with sound.

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Guacar (Esculturas Rupestres) [Our Menstruation (Rupestrian Sculptures)]

1981 / 2018

Black and white photograph

Unframed, 135.9 x 104.1 cm (53 12 x 40 3132 inches) Framed, 139.7 x 107.3 x 5.1 cm (55 x 42 14 x 2 inches)

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La Venus Negra [The Black Venus]

1981 / 2018

Black and white photograph

99.7 x 135.9 cm (39 14 x 53 12 inches) Framed, 102.9 x 139.4 x 5.1 cm (40 12 x 54 78 x 2 inches)

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Bacayu (Esculturas Rupestres) [Light of Day (Rupestrian Sculptures)]

1981 / 2019

Black and white photograph

101.6 x 139.7 cm (40 x 55 inches) Framed, 104.8 x 142.9 x 5.1 cm (41 14 x 56 14 x 2 inches)

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Untitled

1981 / 2019

Color photograph

76.2 x 59 x 4 cm (30 x 23 732 x 1 916 inches)

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Untitled

c. 1984

Ink on paper

25.5 x 21 cm (10 132 x 8 932 inches) Framed, 41.2 x 32.6 cm (16 732 x 12 2732 inches)

Installation

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Installation view: Together, at the Same Time, 2022
De La Cruz Collection, Miami, Florida
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks), 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, New York
Photography: Photo by Christopher Burke Studio © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks), 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, New York
Photography: Photo by Christopher Burke Studio © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, 2018
Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, 2018
Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, 2018
Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, 2017
Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
Photography: Photo by Mikael Lundgren © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta, 2016
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
Photography: Photo by Craig Smith © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, 2016
NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Photography: Photo by Stephen Brooke © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 2015
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photography: Photo by Amber White © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Left: Self-Portrait with Blood, 1973/1997, Suite of six color photographs, framed, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) each. Right: Sweating Blood, November 1973, Super 8 film, color, silent, 3 min. 18 sec., Filmwork No. 14.

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Installation view: Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, 2013
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view: Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, 2013
Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Photography: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view of Ana Mendieta’s Mud and Sand Figures at ‘Ana Mendieta: Traces’ exhibition, 2013
Hayward Gallery, London
Photography: Photo: Linda Nylind ©The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view of Ana Mendieta, Rastros Corporales (Body Tracks), 1982 at ‘Ana Mendieta: Traces’ exhibition, 2013
Hayward Gallery, London
Photography: Photo: Linda Nylind ©The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Installation view of Ana Mendieta, Totem Grove, 1985 at ‘Ana Mendieta: Traces’ exhibition, 2013
Hayward Gallery, London
Photography: Photo: Linda Nylind ©The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Licensed by the Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

News

Exhibitions

Salto infinito

Madrid
Jun 15 - Jul 28, 2023
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Parar la fresca

Fonteta
Jun 18 - Aug 03, 2021

We’re delighted to present a joint project by Bombon, Galeria Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard in Fonteta, a small village in the Empordà region from June to September.

The exhibition, conceived in two chapters (the first opening June 18th and the second August 7th) brings together artists from three different generations. The proposal begins with a concept from the Empordà Parar la fresca (to take in fresh air) described by Josep Pla in the book Las Horas (The Hours), 1953.

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Tropic-Ana

Madrid
Feb 15 - Jun 06, 2020

In Ana Mendieta’s drawings, movement frees itself from time, revitalizing the fixed condition of the image and connecting it to the film in a natural way, forming part of a whole.

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