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Mirage

Title
Ana Mendieta
Artist
Ana Mendieta, 18 Nov 1948 - 08 Sep 1985
Sitter
Ana Mendieta, 18 Nov 1948 - 08 Sep 1985
Date
Oct 1974
Type
Time-Based Media
Medium
Original format super 8mm Single-channel (silent) digital remastering of color super 8mm Transfer to H.264/.mov file, color, silent
Dimensions
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Aspect ratio: 16:8 (pillar box)
Size: 1.04924 GB
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Restrictions & Rights
© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York
Object number
NPG.2016.101
Exhibition Label
Born Havana, Cuba
By the early 1970s, Ana Mendieta had become a driving force in postwar American art. She helped shape the era’s multimedia tendencies by interweaving earth-body art, sculpture, performance, and video while relying on her feminist practice. Mendieta and her peers denounced the art establishment for favoring white male artists, and they resolved to ditch the art market in an effort to restore the symbolic value of art.
A self-portrait, Mirage exposes Mendieta’s naked body in nature reflected in a mirror. She holds a gourd and stabs it open to let its seeds fly away. Mendieta arrived in the United States at age twelve under the program Operation Peter Pan, which in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution placed Cuban children in American foster homes. Through her art, she aimed to re-establish a bond with mother-nature, from whose womb she had been cast when she was forced into exile.
Nacida en La Habana, Cuba
A principios de la década de 1970, Ana Mendieta era ya una fuerza propulsora en el arte estadounidense de la posguerra. Ayudó a forjar las tendencias multimedia al mezclar en su obra el arte de “tierra y cuerpo”, la escultura, el performance y el video, sustentados por su filosofía feminista. Mendieta y sus colegas denunciaron a los grupos de poder del mundo del arte por favorecer a los artistas masculinos blancos, y decidieron abandonar el mercado del arte en un esfuerzo por restaurar el valor simbólico de la obra artística.
El autorretrato Mirage (Espejismo) muestra el cuerpo desnudo de Mendieta reflejado en un espejo en medio de la naturaleza. La artista sostiene una calabaza que luego apuñala para dejar que se desparramen las semillas. Mendieta llegó a Estados Unidos a la edad de doce años con Operación Peter Pan, un programa que a raíz de la Revolución Cubana trajo niños refugiados cubanos a hogares de acogida norteamericanos. A través de su arte, Mendieta quería restablecer el vínculo con la madre naturaleza, de cuyo vientre había sido expulsada por el exilio.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\Iowa