BloodWork - The Ana Mendieta Story

A Film by Richard Move



In 1985, the artist Ana Mendieta fell thirty-four floors from the window of her apartment in New York City. The only person with her at the time was her husband of eight months, the sculptor Carl Andre. Was her fall an accident, suicide or murder? BloodWork-The Ana Mendieta Story is the first film to address this controversial subject and features Dawn Dunning as Ana Mendieta. The film combines interviews with Mendieta’s friends, peers, scholars and transformative re-imaginings of many of her important works. Art that includes revolutionary visual and performance pieces that some say foretold her tragic death.

Interviewees include: the filmmaker/choreographer, Yvonne Rainer, Mendieta’s friend, “aesthetic sister” and Feminist Art icon, Carolee Schneemann, Mendieta’s friend and film/cultural critic, B. Ruby Rich and art historians Jose Esteban Munoz and Lisa Paul Streitfeld. BloodWork-The Ana Mendieta Story explores connections between life, art and interpretations of the truth.