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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