Where is Ana Mendieta?


The work of Ana Mendieta, celebrated feminist Cuban body artist, is ancient, bringing together the human and nature into one, reconciling the two and making them part of each other, being one with the universe. She has developed a technique of marking the shapes of bodies or body parts on natural object to say much more that the object itself. So simple and subtle, but strong and beautiful as an image.

On September 8, 1985, Ana Mendieta fell 34 floors to her death from the window of her Greenwich Village apartment. The only other person with her at the time was her husband of only eight months, prominent minimalist sculptor Carl Andre. Arrested and charged with second-degree murder, Andre’s three-year legal struggle culminated in a trial by a judge rather than by a jury, a rarity in murder cases. Evidence was suppressed due to sloppy police and prosecutorial work, and ultimately, Andre was acquitted of all charges related to her death in 1988.

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