Ana Mendieta: Traces

Mues Design has created the gorgeous monograph Ana Mendieta: Traces, which accompanies the Hayward Gallery’s retrospective of the artist’s work.

Traces book cover
Traces book cover

The show, which opens this week, is her first UK retrospective.

Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico), 1976

Source: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris

Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico), 1976

 Mendieta was born in Cuba in 1948, and sent to America as a child. During her short but profilic career, she created works ‘using her own body together with elemental materials ­ blood, fire, earth and water’, according to the Hayward, with many pieces ‘expressing the pain and rupture of cultural displacement and exile.’

Corazón (Heart), 1977  Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla

Source: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris

Corazón (Heart), 1977 Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla

Many pieces saw the artist create female silhouettes in natural materials and settings, such as grass and mud, with participants and viewers invited to contribute to the work through actions such as placing blades of grass onto Mendieta’s body.

Tree of Life, 1976  Collection Raquelin Mendieta Family Trust

Source: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris

Tree of Life, 1976 Collection Raquelin Mendieta Family Trust

The book presents a number of essays by art historians such as Julia Bryan-Wilson and Adrian Heathfield, as well as drawings, photography and film.

Untitled (Silueta Series), 1977  Ernesto and Cecilia Poma Collection

Source: © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris

Untitled (Silueta Series), 1977 Ernesto and Cecilia Poma Collection

A number of previously unseen images are unveiled, including Mendieta’s own notebooks, exhibition plans and correspondence.

 Ana Mendieta: Traces is published by Hayward Publishing priced £24.99. All images © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris, and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

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