Covered in Time and History

Ana Mendieta

Jeu de Paume, Concorde, Paris

16 Oct.18/27 Jan.19 

The exhibition "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta" is the first museum exhibition devoted to the filmworks of this highly acclaimed Cuban-American artist (Havana, 1948 - New York, 1985). Bringing together 20 moving image works and 27 related photographs, the exhibition is the largest gathering of the artist’s filmic work ever presented as a full-scale exhibition in France.

Ana Mendieta is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and innovative artists of the post-war era. The recent exhibitions devoted to her work in Europe (Berlin, London, Prague, Salzburg, Turin and Umeå) revealed the power of her artistic vision and the influence of her work on the generations of artists that came after her. Mendieta’s work continues to have a strong impact on people of all ages and backgrounds.

Thanks to new research into Mendieta’s work in the filmic medium, the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume repositions the moving image from the periphery to the centre of her work, and is organized around the recurring themes explored in the films, including memory, history, culture, ritual and the passage of time, which are often distilled through the relationship of the body and the land. The majority of Mendieta’s films take place in nature and often feature her interest in the four classical elements: earth, water, air and fire. [...]

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