Ana Mendieta

Charting the work of performance artist Ana Mendieta who died in 1985.

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban artist whose tragic death at the age of 36, for a time, overshadowed her life's work. A photographer, video and performance artist, Mendieta's art was bloody and sometimes ritualistic, inspired partly by the Vienna Actionists, but also by her own Catholic background.

In the 1970s she created a powerfully visceral series of works about violence against women, in which she covered herself in blood and posed as victims of rape and sacrifice. Yet at the heart of Mendieta's art was a greater concern about the transience of life.

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It is the ephemeral nature of Mendieta's art that is so all consuming, whether in a film in which she has placed her body, covered in mud, into the landscape or through her earth and water sculptures that look like labyrinths in relief, there is a rigorous humility in these humble creations.


Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 020 7960 4200 www.southbankcentre.co.uk/hayward

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)

Closed until 2017