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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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The Black Angel

The Black Angel

Ana Mendieta in Iowa City

(p.169) The Black Angel
The Latina/o Midwest Reader

Jane Blocker

University of Illinois Press

The literature on Cuban born artist Ana Mendieta commonly ignores her Midwest experience, imbricating her Latinidad with her homeland in Cuba and with her multiple trips to and production of site-specific artworks in Mexico.  This chapter looks at Mendieta's experiences in Iowa City, where she arrived at the age of 12 as a refugee of Operation Peter Pan and where she lived longer than any other location. By studying an enigmatic film that the artist made in 1975 called The Black Angel, it argues that Mendieta was aware of and could identify with other immigrant experiences in her adopted state, especially those portrayed through images of motherhood and loss.

Keywords:   Ana Mendieta, Iowa City, Josef Mario Korbel, Oakland Cemetery, exile, immigrant experience, Czechoslovakia, The Black Angel

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