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