A screening dedicated to the films of Ana Mendieta is presented in this year’s CineMarfa film festival.
Known as a pioneer among artists dealing with identity politics and feminism, Mendieta’s films and videos form a vital component of her interdisciplinary practice. The films included in the CineMarfa program span the years in which she worked in the medium. The nine films that will be screened are: Chicken Movie, Chicken Piece (1972), Sweating Blood (1973), Body Tracks (1974), Untitled (Mirage) (1974), Grass Breathing (1974), Silueta Sangrienta (1975), Energy Charge (1975), Untitled: Silueta Series (1979) and Birth (Gunpowder Works) (1981). Ana Mendieta, Nature Inside (2015), a short documentary by Raquel Cecilia, the artist’s niece, will also be included in the program. The CineMarfa film festival is distinguished by its dedication to the intersection between film and visual art, bringing together rare, forgotten, or difficult-to-see films every spring.
The entirety of Mendieta’s moving image works were recently retransferred from their original media to digital formats. The Estate of Ana Mendieta collection, in conjunction with Galerie Lelong, catalogued and preserved the artist’s filmworks for future generations. Mendieta’s moving image works are the subject of a large-scale traveling exhibition, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, which will be on view at the Bildmuseet at Umeå University in Sweden from June 18 to October 22, 2017.
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