Ana Mendieta: ‘The Earth That Covers Us Speaks’
Explore the artist’s Silueta films and her experiments with X-ray and video technologies.
Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American artist who, in her tragically short career, made over 100 films in direct dialogue with her work in performance, sculpture and photography. This screening presents a selection of short films Mendieta made between 1975 and 1981.
In 1975, the artist experimented with different imaging and processing technologies including video and Cinefluography (X-ray motion film). These are the last films in which she appears.
In Mendieta’s Silueta films (1974–81), we see the artist’s silhouette inscribed into various outdoor landscapes in Iowa and Mexico using natural elements such as earth, sand, flowers, rock and grass, often in conjunction with flammable materials such as fireworks and gunpowder.
The programme concludes with two films shot in Mendieta’s native country of Cuba. These works capture the artist’s rock etchings and sand sculpture of goddess figures from the Pre-Columbian Taíno culture.
“My art is grounded on the primordial accumulations, the unconscious urges that animate the world” – Ana Mendieta
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