ANA MENDIETA (Cuba/US)
On view are the films Sweating Blood (1973) and Body Tracks (1974). Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LCC.
In the Study Movie Room: Documentary short Ana Mendieta, Nature
Inside (2015) by Raquel Cecilia. Courtesy the artist.
Ana Mendieta. Exhibition view of the super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media Sweating Blood (1973) at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Photograph by We Exhibit.
Raquel Cecilia. Exhibition view of the documentary Ana Mendieta, Nature Inside (2015) at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Photograph by VestAndPage.
Ana Mendieta (born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and died in New York City in
1985) created, in a brief yet prolific career, groundbreaking work in
photography, performance, film, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and
site-specific installations. Mendieta is a pioneer among artists dealing with
identity politics and feminism. Her unique hybrid of form and documentation,
works that she titled "siluetas" are fugitive and potent traces of
the artist's inscription of her body in the landscape, transformed by fire,
water, and natural materials.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK exhibits the following
• Mendieta's ritualistic super-8mm film Sweating Blood (1973).
In a process of physical and material transformation, the artist’s face with
closed eyes fills the frame. Over the course of three minutes, blood slowly appears
along her hairline and trickles down over her face.
• The visceral silent film Body Tracks (1974) shows Mendieta
in front of a white wall, with her back to the camera. Her arms are raised, and
over the course of the one-minute film, she slowly sinks to her knees, leaving
traces of blood from her arms along the wall.
In the Study Movie Room will also be presented Ana Mendieta, Nature Inside (2015), the intimate documentary short by her niece Raquel Cecilia,
in which Mendieta narrates as corresponding images of her work in both still
and moving images highlight her themes and the meanings behind her work.