Please join us for a lecture on the films of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta led by Laura F. Almeida, curatorial fellow of modern & contemporary art.
Active throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mendieta experimented with performance and films by using her own body and organic materials as a way to explore ideas of identity, displacement, and the female body and its connection to the earth.
Almeida will also be discussing the exhibition Ana Mendieta: Suspended Fire, which was curated by her and is currently on view at the DAM through March 7th. The show features Anima, Silueta de Cohetes (Firework Piece), 1976, and Untitled: Silueta Series, 1978. In these two films by Mendieta, she creates fiery silhouettes of her body from firecrackers and a fallen tree. In both works, Mendieta investigates fire as a symbol of renewal and transformation, creation and destruction, and presence and absence.