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Absence and presence in the work of Ana Mendieta, Darren Siwes and Nikki Lee

Raychal Martinelli

on 27 April 2011

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Ana Mendieta Darren Siwes Nikki S. Lee Overview Self-Portraiture Absence & Presence Born in Korea in 1970
New York City-based artist & filmmaker
BFA at a South Korean university in 1993
MA in photography at NYU in 1998 Notions of identity
Uses of vernacular photography Snapshot photographs
Poses with various ethnic and social groups Her approach It is often hard to depict Lee in many of the photographs because she blends in so well. Quote Tomoko Sawada Origin/Early history Techniques
Andy Warhol ID400 Identity: the absence & presence of self Omiai - The many brides School Days (2004) Decoration (2007) Overview Born November 18, 1948 in Havana Cuba
Came to U.S. when she was only 13
Cuban-American artist famous for: performance art, “Earth-body” sculpture, photography, video
Throughout career worked in Cuba, Mexico, Italy and U.S. Type of work Work considered Feminist and autobiographical
Performance art portrayed violence against the female body
Focused on spiritual and physical connection with land ("Silueta Series": involved carving her imprint into sand or mud, making body prints, and painting her outline or silhouette onto a wall.) "Silueta Series"
Evokes burial sites of female body
Heavily ritualistic, but speaks to all women by using the impression of the body (this could be any woman, anonymous, forgotten, lost)
There is no attention or interest in giving a face or identity to these impressions
Mendieta removes the body and leaves only it’s trace
Ambiguous scenes The repetition involved in the series is significant in the repetition of the absent body, or the repetitive loss of the female body.
This production of absence is a key idea in Mendieta’s work, that the removal of the body can be produced and repeated. (This is a repetition of loss and a repetition of mourning. These are not images about bodies, these are images about what the body leaves behind, what it looks like after the body has been.) Absence & presence in "Silueta Series" A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer. Two methods of obtaining photographic self-portraits are widespread. One is photographing a reflection in the mirror, and the other photographing one's self with the camera in an outstretched hand. Another method involves setting the camera or capture device upon a tripod, or surface. One might then set the camera's timer, or use a remote controlled shutter release. There are many artists that also perform self portraits of taking pictures of themselves for a specific period of time. They make a time lapse of the photos to see how they change over a specific period of time. Contemporary Self-Portraiture LEFT: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21, 1978
RIGHT: Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled Film Still #3, 2006 LEFT: Cindy Sherman, Untitled film still #56, 1977
RIGHT: Aneta Grzeszykoska, Untitled Film Still #56, 2007 Gillian Wearing
Family Album Series LEFT: Self Portrait at Three Years Old, 2004
RIGHT: Self Portrait as My Grandfather George Gregory Self Portrait as my Brother Richard Wearing, 2003 Self Portrait as my Mother Jean Gregory, 2003 Self Portrait as my Father Brian Wearing, 2003 Jen Davis
Self-Portrait Series Seconds, 2003 Judgement, 2003 Conforming, 2003 Untitled No. 29, 2008 Confrontation, 2002 At 30, 2008 Contemporary Trends Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1968
Graduated from the SA (South Australia) School of Art in 1996 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts
In 2003, completed his MA in Fine Arts at the Chelsea School of Art in London
Currently being represented by Nellie Castan Gallery in Melbourne, Australia His style Known for being a contemporary Australian artist
Known for his political photos, double exposing photographs
Often takes pictures of famous landmarks in Australia Where his work is Has done lots of work for group exhibitions
Recent shows include “Shadowplay”, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW (2008)
Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney Australia and Identity: Portrait and Place - document or insight?, Flinders University Art Museum
Has also done solo exhibitions Examples of his work
From the series “Misperceptions” done in 2001 One photo from the series “Just is” done in 2004
One photo from the series “Mum, I want to be Brown” done in 2006
A photo from the series “OZ Omnium Rex ET Regina” done in 2008 Absence & presence Absence and presence can be seen in his series “Misperceptions”, “Just is” and “Mum, I want to be brown”.
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