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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



Untitled, from the Silueta series

Ana Mendieta, 1980

gelatin silver print
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1995.54.2
© 1980, Estate of Ana Mendieta

copia a la gelatina de plata
Smithsonian American Art Museum, adquisición del Museo por medio del Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1995.54.2
© 1980, Estate of Ana Mendieta


Mendieta’s Silueta series, produced between 1973 and 1980, explores the connections between nature and the female body. This photograph documents an ephemeral sculpture—in the shape of the artist’s silhouette and loosely evocative of ancient goddess archetypes—carved directly into the earth with minimal disruption of the environment. Mendieta’s Siluetas signify a return to a metaphorical womb and her native Cuban homeland as she molded a feminist subject and land art processes to explore the theme of exile.
La serie Silueta, de Mendieta, creada entre 1973 y 1980, estudia las conexiones entre la naturaleza y el cuerpo de la mujer. Esta fotografía documenta una escultura efímera —con la forma de la silueta de la artista y vagamente evocadora de los arquetipos de la Diosa Madre— tallada directamente en la tierra con una alteración mínima del entorno. Las Siluetas de Mendieta significan un retorno a una matriz metafórica y a su Cuba natal al mediar un tema feminista y los procesos del arte de la tierra para analizar el tema del exilio.






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