Media Arts Program
 


Wednesday, March 9, 2005

CUBAN FILM SERIES: WITH THE CUBAN WOMEN & SELECTED FILMWORKS: ANA MENDIETA

Presented at:
Market Arcade Film and Art Center

 

(Image from Tomas Gutierrez Alea's
Memories of Underdevelopment)
February 2 – March 16, 2005

CUBAN FILM SERIES
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre
639 Main Street, Buffalo

Presented by Hallwalls and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center in conjunction with the Burchfield Penney’s ’s exhibition Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York State, January 15 – April 3, 2005

$8 General; $6 Burchfield-Penney and Hallwalls Members (with valid membership card); $5.50 students/seniors.
Program schedule subject to change without notice.
Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
WITH THE CUBAN WOMEN (1975, 48 mins.)
Directed by Octavio Cortazar
Inspiring, high-spirited and often humorous tribute to the Cuban women’s movement – the “revolution within a revolution.”
Followed by:
SELECTED FILMWORKS: Ana Mendieta (1972-1981, 33 mins. total)
Untitled (Chicken Piece, shot #2), 1972, 2:57 min., silent
Body Tracks (Blood Sign #2), 1974, 1 min., sound
Laberinth Silueta, Silueta Series (Laberinth Blood Imprint), 1974, 3:06 min., silent
Untitled (Glass Breathing), 1975, 3:08 min., silent
Burial of the Nanigo, (Woman Candle Silueta #2), 1976, 3:11 min., silent
Candle Ixchell, Black Ixchell Series, 1979, 3:51 min., silent
Volcan de Arena, Silueta Series, 1978, 2:08 min., silent
Untitled Silueta Series, 1980, 3:07 min., silent
Isla, 1981, 2:16 min., silent
Untitled (Figura que parece Egypta), 1981, 5:41 min., silent
Untitled (Figura, Gunpowder en los cracks), 1981, 3:09 min., silent

SELECTED FILMWORKS: Ana Mendieta (1972-1981, 33 mins. total) The work of Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) expresses the pain and rupture
              of cultural displacement, and resonates with visceral metaphors
              of death, rebirth, and spiritual transformation. In her ritualistic
              performances and haunting earth works, she immerses or inscribes
              her own body within nature. Blood, fire, water, and other natural
              elements are essential to her emblematic, often mystical female
              iconography. Burial and regeneration are recurrent themes. Whether
              painting her body with blood, or burning, carving and inscribing
              female into the landscape, as in her Silueta series, Mendieta's
              work is infused with enormous power and poetry.

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