Ana MendietaUntitled (Blood and Feathers #2) 1974

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Ana Mendieta (1948‑1985)
Untitled (Blood and Feathers #2)
Date 1974
MediumFilm, Super 8 mm, shown as video, projection, colour
Dimensionsduration: 3min, 30sec
Acquisition Presented by the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection and an anonymous donor 2009
Not on display


Untitled (Blood and Feathers #2) is a short three and a half minute film documenting a performance that the artist undertook at Old Man’s Creek, Sharon Center, Iowa City, Iowa. The performance was recorded on Super-8 film and 35mm slides (reproduced Viso 2004, p.215). The film shows Mendieta standing naked on the sandy bank on one side of the creek, in front of flowing water and a steep mud bank on the other side. After looking directly at the camera, she raises a flask to shoulder level and begins pouring blood down her chest, legs and stomach. She then reaches over her shoulders to include her back, and covers her arms before casting the empty vessel aside… (read more)

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