Alma Silueta en Fuego, 1975
Mobile Video Installation on water
ABOUT THE WORK
Two of Mendieta’s seminal works Creek (1974) and Alma Silueta en Fuego (1975) will be shown on loop on the LED billboard boat as it moves across the ocean of Miami. While never before shown in this context, the platform allows for Mendieta’s video to perform in space.
Here we return her works Creek and Alma Silueta en Fuego, back to nature to the currents of the sea—as the works travel in space and time over the water, a broad public is introduced to the way Mendieta addressed the most elemental aspects of nature in relation to the human body and ritual.
In a brief yet prolific career, the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta created groundbreaking work in photography, film, video, drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Amongst the major themes in her work are exile, displacement, and a return to the landscape, which remain profoundly relevant today. Her unique hybrid of form and documentation, works that she titled “siluetas,” are fugitive and potent traces of the artist’s inscription of her body in the landscape, often transformed by natural elements such as fire and water.
Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1948, and died in New York City in 1985.