Anna McNay

Review of Who is Ana Mendieta? at Space Station Sixty-Five


Who is Ana Mendieta?

Space Station

22 September – 4
November 2012

“To die, great god, to die!?! Without leaving anything after
me? To die like a dog, like a hundred thousand women whose names are hardly
engraved upon their tombstones!” (Marie Bashkirtseff, artist and diarist,

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) was a “brown-skinned, female,
immigrant artist,” sent from Cuba to the USA at the age of 12, by her politically
prominent parents, as part of the United
States-assisted Operation Peter Pan,
to escape Fidel Castro’s regime. The
trauma of this forced exile, and the ensuing years of mistreatment in a group
home for disturbed children, three foster homes, and boarding school, informed
much of her later artistic output.

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