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Ana Mendieta

Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris (DLG10)

Ana Mendieta, Volcán, 1979. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy: Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

Ana Mendieta, Volcán, 1979. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy: Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

Ana Mendieta (b. 1948, Havana; d. 1985, New York) 

Although Ana Mendieta is widely celebrated for her pioneering work in various media, from photography and film to site-specific installation, she identified first and foremost as a sculptor. Among the major themes in her work, which merged the body and the earth, are exile, displacement, and return to the landscape.

Born in Havana, Mendieta was sent to the United States as a child to escape political turmoil following the Cuban Revolution. Throughout her career, Mendieta expressed feeling “torn” from her homeland. Memories of this displacement, along with a deep yearning for belonging, form the overarching themes of the works on view in the booth as well as in her practice more broadly. The featured film and photographs were made during Mendieta’s examinations of adopted and original homelands that held personal significance: Burial Pyramid (1974) in Mexico, Volcán (1979) in Iowa, and selections from the Esculturas Rupestres series (1981) in Cuba.

The work of Ana Mendieta can be found in nearly 100 public collections worldwide and has been the subject of many museum retrospectives and exhibitions. Most recently, an exhibition of her filmworks traveled to: Nash Gallery, Minneapolis; NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale; BAMPFA, Berkeley; Bildmuseet, Umea; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; and Jeu de Paume, Paris. Ana Mendieta: Earthbound will open at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, later this month.