21 March 2019
Following Susan Best’s curator’s talk, Ana Mendieta’s emotional ties, see a program of films exploring the life and work of the artist.
These varied films include reflections from Mendieta on her own practice, a revisionist exploration of her tragic final moments, and filmic works by artists who draw from a connection to the land.
Landscape Variations | 58 minutes | Unrated
Ana Mendieta, Nature Inside | Raquel Cecilia | 2015, 8 minutes
Ana Mendieta narrates documentation of her work, discussing themes and ideas.
Courtesy of Raquel Cecilia
Variations | Elise Rasmussen | 2014, 20 minutes
A re-enactment of Ana Mendieta’s last moments before, somewhere between 3:30am and 5:30am of September 8, 1985, she “went out the window” of her 34th floor New York apartment. Her husband, minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, was tried and acquitted of murder and remains the sole witness to the events of that night.
Playing the role of the director, Elise Rasmussen works with actors to workshop three scenes based on conflicting statements made by Andre. Audience members participate by offering opinions and suggestions for the actors and director and together try to find a plausible scenario for Mendieta’s death.
Courtesy of Elise Rasmussen
025 Sunset Red | Laida Lertxundi | 2016, 14 minutes
Blood flows and covers the Californian landscape, tracing back to the director’s upbringing by communist radicals in the Basque Country, Spain. A psychedelic foray into the domestic and the political.
Courtesy of LUX
Altiplano | Malena Szlam | 2018, 16 minutes
Artist and filmmaker Malena Szlam creates a dazzling rendition of the landscape study; one that presents the unique geography of the Andes Mountains as a space both ancient and wholly alien.
Courtesy of Malena Szlam