Whispering Cave follows Raquel Cecilia, Ana Mendieta’s niece, on a journey to find the world-renowned artist’s site-specific sculptures in her native Cuba.
In a brief yet prolific career, Ana Mendieta created groundbreaking work that addressed themes such as exile, displacement, and a return to the landscape, all of which remain a source of public fascination and mystery. In 1981, she became the first Cuban exile to be given permission to create works on the island and chose to carve a series of abstracted female forms into the caves of Jaruco, Cuba, at two different sites. Art historians and close friends to Mendieta have long presumed one of the sites to have been destroyed. After years of archival research from managing the artist’s Estate, filmmaker Raquel Cecilia ventures to the caves to uncover the truth.