Ana Mendieta: in pictures

Cuban artist Ana Mendieta died mysteriously in 1985. Here are some of the dark, ritualistic images she left behind
Untitled (Blood and Feathers), 1974 by Ana Mendieta
Untitled (Blood and Feathers), 1974 "Cuban-born and American-raised, Ana Mendieta described her work as 'earth-body' art," writes Sean O'Hagan. "From 1971, when she had her first solo show, until her death in 1985, she created a diverse collection of work that included subversive self-portraits that played with notions of beauty, belonging and gender." Photograph: Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Untitled Facial Hair Transplant, Moustache (1972) by Ana Mendieta
Untitled Facial Hair Transplant, Moustache (1972) "In her photographic self-portraits, she pressed her face against glass to distort her features or pictured herself dripping in blood or disguised as a man with glued-on facial hair." Photograph: Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Untitled (Grass on Woman), 1972 by Ana Mendieta
Untitled (Grass on Woman), 1972 "She evoked the power of female sexuality as well as the horror of male sexual violence." Photograph: Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and Alison Jacques Gallery, Londo
Tree of Life by Ana Mendieta
Tree of Life, 1976 "Friends described Mendieta variously as 'sparky', 'provocative', 'tempestuous', 'outspoken' and 'fiercely ambitious'." Photograph: Whitney Museum of Art
Untitled, 1973 by Ana Mendieta
Untitled, 1973 "After her death, many saw, in her often dark and ritualistic art, a foreshadowing of her fate – she once staged a performance in which visitors came upon her prone under a blood-spattered white sheet." Photograph: Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Imagen de Yagul, 1973 by Ana Mendieta
Imagen de Yagul, 1973 "Mendieta's performance pieces evoked the folk and occult traditions of her native Cuba as well as her beloved Mexico." Photograph: Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Ana Mendieta in 1984
Mendieta with an untitled wood sculpture, 1984 "It is only now that the power of her art is finally taking precedence over the stereotypes that were thrust upon her and the darkly dramatic manner of her death." Photograph: PR


Sean O'Hagan

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