Amazon has settled out of court over claims that it used copyrighted imagery by Ana Mendieta in recently released horror update Suspiria. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, his remake of Dario Argento’s 1979 horror classic was accused of using Mendieta-inspired images without permission from the artists’ estate.
The Ana Mendieta Estate, which is managed by Mendieta’s sister, Raquelin Mendieta, and niece, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, filed suit in September, ahead of its’ US release, and claimed striking similarities between the late artist’s body of work and the trailer for Suspiria. A image of a pair of female hands bound by rope was said to mirror Mendieta’s 1973 piece Rape Scene. An image of a human silhouette on a sheet was alleged to be derived from her “Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico). The images were used in dream sequences in the film.
Mendieta worked in performance, film, and photography and covered issues of violence and death, nature, the natural cycles and the landscape. Her life harrowingly echoed her art when she died from a fall from the flat she shared with husband Carl Andre. Andre was found not guilty of her murder despite witnesses hearing a violent argument before her fall.