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Where Is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile

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Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-born artist who lived in exile in the United States, was one of the most provocative and complex personalities of the 1970s’ artworld. In Where Is Ana Mendieta? art historian Jane Blocker provides an in-depth critical analysis of Mendieta’s diverse body of work. Although her untimely death in 1985 remains shrouded in controversy, her life and artistic ...more
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Published February 24th 1999 by Duke University Press Books (first published February 3rd 1999)
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Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A multi-layered and dense (maybe a little dry) insight into Mendieta's iconic work and life. Does a really good job of challenging some of the assumptions that have attempted to place Mendieta into easy categories, highlighting the dualities and complexities in her art - the difficulty of contextualising art that was essentially performative, ephemeral, and gains meaning from already being absent. The chapter on the notion of 'exile' was really fascinating - the necessity of being 'other' - and ...more
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Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Mendieta’s art lies at the heart of what we know to be the postmodern. It not only reflects but in fact produces the fragmentation of the subject that is one of the founding principles of that ‘cultural dominant’. It directly engages the question of identity formation in terms of gender, sexuality, race, and class. It is also deeply indebted to the conditions of postcoloniality and the politics of the subaltern that are coterminous with the postmodern. At the same time, and very significantly, ...more
Emilia Quinones-Otal
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have not finished the book but I have found some errors. The writer is confusing and mixing two works of art, she also has the year wrong. Good critique of the Donald Kusprit text about Mendieta. Also, I like that she proposes to analyze the work of Mendieta from a performance studies frame. Not the best study of Mendieta's work but a respectable one. ...more
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Where is Ana Mendieta? To ask this question is to recognize the contingency of identity and the role of performativity in the production of gender, nation, exile, and Latinidad. It is markedly different in this way than to ask “Who is Ana Mendieta?”suggesting some essential unconditional truth in her fundamental identity – and the legibility of the relationship between her art and her identity.

To answer the unanswerable though – you may find it useful to learn the origin of the question for Ja
Louise Silk
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Ana Mendieta was a feminist artist of the 70s. The title of the book comes from a protest outside the Guggenheim Museum by the Women’s Action Committee in June 1992, outraged not only by the exclusion of women and women of color including Mendieta against the inclusion of one Cuban-born artist Carl Andre, her accused killer.

She came to the US as an exile of Cuba when she was a young girl. This framed her life and her work asking questions of color, gender, ethnicity, nation, and exile. Mendieta
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting look at nationhood, womanhood, and colonized identity - a little repetitive, a little too flowery at some parts, but a very real struggle between recording and discussing Mendieta and the idea of disappearance/the idea that being added to the art historical canon legitimizes one's work ...more
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