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Impossible ReturnsNarratives of the Cuban Diaspora$
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Iraida H. López

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061030

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061030.001.0001

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Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta

Chiseling (in) Cuba

(p.90) 3 Ana Mendieta
Impossible Returns

Iraida H. López

University Press of Florida

Devoted to the legacy of Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), chapter 3 explores the impact of the Cuban-American artist in Cuba, at the time of her visits in the early 1980s and thereafter. Research conducted on the island reveals an erasure at the institutional level due to the negligence with which her work has been treated. However, Mendieta’s case demonstrates that memory can be preserved at the margins of institutions, in lieux de mémoire or sites of memory (Pierre Nora) such as the Jaruco caves where the remains of Mendieta’s Rupestrian Sculptures are found and have become a magnet for young artists. This following helped preserve the collective memory of Mendieta in Cuba.

Keywords:   Ana Mendieta, Rupestrian Sculptures, Jaruco caves, lieux de mémoire, sites of memory, collective memory

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