Ana Mendieta: Fuego De Tierra

Kate Horsfield, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz

1987 | 00:49:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Art History, Artist Portraits, Body, Conceptual Art, Documentary, Feminism, Holiday, Landscape, Latino/Chicano, Religion/Spirituality, Sculpture, Visual Art

Performance artist/sculptor Ana Mendieta used the raw materials of nature: water, mud, fire, rock, and grass. The consciousness of her politics and the poetics of her expression fill her work with an emotionally charged vision that is powerfully conveyed in this posthumous video profile. Drawing upon the raw spiritual power of Afro-Cuban religion, Mendieta used her art as a ritualistic and symbolic activity to celebrate the forces of life and the continuum of change. A silhouette of her own body inserted in the land emphasizes the universal/primal relations between the two bodies: female and Earth.

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Prizes + Awards

Best Video Documentary, National Latino Film and Video Festival, 1988

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