EAI presented a screening and discussion around the newly discovered and restored films and videos of Ana Mendieta. Presented in collaboration with Galerie Lelong, New York, the event featured a conversation with Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, and Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, Film Archivist for the Estate of Ana Mendieta, moderated by Lori Zippay, Executive Director of EAI.
A number of unknown media works by Mendietaincluding Super 8 and 16mm films, ½ inch reel-to-reel videos and a sound piecerecently came to light when the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, in collaboration with Galerie Lelong, catalogued, transferred, and preserved the entirety of the artist's moving image works. Revealing aspects of Mendieta's practice that are not as widely known as her ritualistic investigations of body and nature, these newly restored works illuminate Mendieta's technical experimentation and the importance of the moving image to her art.
Among the experimental viewed and discussed were Sweating Blood (1973), Moffitt Building Piece (1973), Butterfly (1975), and Energy Charge (1975).
The exhibition Ana Mendieta: Experimental and Interactive Films will be on view at Galerie Lelong through March 26th.