Ana Mendieta: Soil, Dirt And The Body As Art

1 Jul 2024

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Mon, 01 Jul
18:30 – 20:30

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: The Feminist Lecture Program

Our classes take place via zoom on Monday evenings, with a different topic and lecturer each week, hosted by our founder Luisa-Maria MacCormack. A Zoom link will be sent to ticketholders from Eventbrite or Outsavvy (depending where their ticket was bought) before the lecture begins.

Join FLP Director Luisa-Maria MacCormack to explore the life, work and ecofeminist legacy of Ana Mendieta.



This lecture unpacks the artistic legacy and groundbreaking  work of visionary Cuban Artist Ana Mendieta and her iconic Silueta series, where she merged the human form with the earth itself. It will explore Mendieta's visionary approach to artmaking, as well as her lasting impact in the feminist art world, both of which were deeply rooted in her environmentalism and connection to the natural world.

By the 1980s, she had begun to establish herself as a feminist body artist in a predominantly white, male-dominated industry and also responded to misogynist violence in her own work, which has encouraged others to take a stand. 

Mendieta's powerful imagery speaks of a connection with the earth which is ever more needed in the face of climate change, climate disasters and climate displacement. This lecture will look at her whole oeuvre, including her “earth body” works, ephemeral pieces in which she imprinted her silhouette into archaeological sites, beaches, and caves in Mexico and Cuba, along with her drawings and will look for the symbolism used in her work to convey complex ideas. 

This class pairs perfectly with Luisa's practical drawing class DRAWING ANA MENDIETA: THE BODY AS EARTH, held on Friday 5th July 6:30pm BST.


The Director of The Feminist Lecture Program, Luisa-Maria MacCormack studied Textiles Design at London College of Fashion before turning to Fine Art and studying at the Royal Drawing School in 2014. A practicing artist as well as lecturer, Luisa has recently completed her MA at City and Guilds of London Art School. A founding member of the London Drawing Group since its inception in 2016, Luisa teaches drawing, and Feminist Art History classes across London, as well as exhibiting regularly in solo and group shows across the country.


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