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Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Untitled, from the "Silueta" series

Artist: Ana Mendieta (American, born Cuba,1948 - 1985)
Date: 1977
Medium: Unique lifetime color photograph mounted on board documenting silueta with fire and gunpowder, Iowa
Dimensions:
Frame: 18 1/2 × 25 1/4 × 1 1/8 in. (47 × 64.1 × 2.9 cm.)
Image (visible): 12 5/8 × 19 3/8 in. (32.1 × 49.2 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from Rose F. Rosenfield, 1997.77
Accession number: 1997.77
Classification: photograph
Label TextAt a young age, Ana Mendieta was taken from her native Cuba to orphanages and foster homes in Iowa City in an attempt to escape political turmoil. She used the “Silueta” series to reconnect with nature and the earth she felt violently torn from. In nearly 200 earth/body works, she carved, submerged, or burnt herself into the ground, documenting the acts with photography. In these images, Mendieta traced her silhouette, filled the outline with gunpowder, and then ignited it, capturing both the flames and their aftermath on film.
Exhibition History"The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part II), Whitney Museum of American Art
Portfolio/Series"Silueta" series
Published References"Earth/Body: Ana Mendieta Sculpture and Performance"exhibition caralogue, edited by Olga Viso, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2004, ref. pgs. 188 (full page color image), 273
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