Silueta Muerta, August 1978. via guggenheim.org
By fusing her interests in Afro-Cuban ritual and the pantheistic Santeria religion with contemporary practices such as earthworks, body art, and performance art, Mendieta maintained ties with her Cuban heritage.
The Siluetas, these works live on only through the artist’s films and photographs, haunting documents of her ephemeral attempts to seek out, in her words, that “one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant, from plant to galaxy.”
Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Silueta Series), 1978. Images via Alison Jacques Gallery
– Damali Abrams