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Who Is Ana Mendieta?
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CHRISTINE REDFERN is an artist living and working in Montreal. Her drawings and animations have been screened and exhibited internationally. Her writing has appeared in local, national and international publications, such as: The Montreal Mirror, Canadian Art,, Globe & Mail, National Post, ARTnews, and Contemporary in London.

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Who Is Ana Mendieta?

Christine Redfern

Foreword by Lucy Lippard. Illustrated by Caro Caron.

This fiery account of Ana Mendieta is also a snapshot of the turbulent times in which she lived. In exile from revolutionary Cuba, Ana Mendieta found in the 1960s US another kind of social upheaval: Frida Kahlo was finally being appreciated as an artist, not just a muse; Valerie Solanas wrote her manifesto, then shot Andy Warhol; Carolee Schneemann performed nude and pulled a feminist scroll out of her vagina. And Ana Mendieta began creating what she called "earth-body art," revolutionary work that explored issues of gender and cultural activity. In 1985, at the height of her success, she plunged to her death from the window of the New York City apartment she shared with her husband, artist Carl Andre. He was tried and acquitted of her murder.

These vibrantly drawn pages chronicle how the women's art movement changed the way we look at the female body in art and in the world. Redfern and Caron bring luminaries and the conflicts that inspired them to blazing life, telling us not only who is Ana Mendieta, but why we need to know.

“Ana’s death is one of millions that, despite four decades of feminist struggle, remain underestimated—social crimes that have yet to be fully confronted. . . . The very directness of the graphic novella is an ideal vehicle for the outrage women feel about the extent of domestic and general violence against us. May there be many more visual outcries like this one, to avenge the loss of women like Ana Mendieta.”

—Lucy Lippard, from the introduction

“Art critic Lippard[‘s] thoughtful essays present [an] intriguing philosophical, historical, and sociological perspective on tourists and tourism, from the conventional to the absurd. Recommended for circulating libraries.”

Library Journal (on On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place)

"Epic in scope and searing in detail, Who is Ana Mendieta? is fiercely expressionistic, bringing the reader into the exuberance and drama of Mendieta's passionate world."

—Cristy C. Road, author of Bad Habits: A Love Story

"Ana, your work is unforgettable!"

—Guerrilla Girls

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