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Who is Ana Mendieta? by Christine Redfern
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Jul 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: feminism, art, graphic-novels, biography, latin-culture
Read in July, 2011

Short graphic novel about the life and death of radical Cuban feminist artist Ana Mendieta. If you haven't heard of her you need to get off of this site and get onto Google. Ana and her sister were sent from Cuba to live in the the US foster care system in Iowa, and she quickly realized she could either become "an artist or a criminal", to paraphrase her own words. Her work. which could range from very confrontational to esoteric is depicted amidst a backdrop of art-world bullshit and misogyny. Her mysterious and suspiciously under-investigated death may or may not have been at the hands of her ridiculously arrogant artist husband, or he may have just driven her to it with incessant gloating and infidelity.(I have much faith in what a lesser talented but better PR'ed person's incessant gloating could drive a feminist Cuban artist to do...) The book takes a great mocking swipe at the general nonsense of both critics and institutionalized sexism and art world schmoozing and BS, and cameos from folks ranging from Castro, to Valerie Solanas to William Burroughs have little to do with the actual story, but are important nonetheless, as their caricatures swirling about the pages give a sense of the chaotic cultural zeitgeist of Ana's time.

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