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Tina Modotti. Retrospective

An exhibition tells about the woman who marked the history of photography

by Luca Manzoni
January 28th, 2015

Photographer, political activist, woman. Tina Modotti was one of the most eclectic artists of the Twentieth century with a life similar to a novel and works revealing a smart and introspective mind. The way she described reality reveals an extreme feminine sensitivity linked to an ardour that took her travelling around the world, living love hard, believing in something till the end.

Tina Modotti was born Assunta Adelaide Modotti in Udine (Pracchiuso district) in 1896. When she was nine she started working in a spinning mill. In 1913 her life changed when she immigrated with the family to the United States in San Francisco. After the relationship with Roubaix De Richey, known as Robo, her destiny changed for the second time: as actress in the first years of Hollywood times, she appeared in several plays – like the The Tiger’s Coat. Soon bored by this environment, after the separation and death of her husband, as Edward Weston‘s model and partner, she moved with the photographer to Mexico City where they met the political and cultural climate after the Mexican Revolution.

Here Tina Modotti met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros and started combining the passion for art and photography with social commitment by joining the Mexican Communist Party. Being politically active, companion of the revolutionary Julio Antonio Mella – assassinated in 1929 -, participating in Spanish Civil War in 1936 with the new companion Vittorio Vidali – accused to kill Modotti, dead in 1942 in suspicious circumstances – and the period in Moscow, made her artworks being hidden in the archives of the U.S. Departments of photography during McCarthyism. Only recently it has been revalued the innovative and modern photography of a woman unique for those times. A woman with a strong personality and ideology expressed through her art describing work, people and their redemption.

Tina Modotti. Retrospective Till March 8th, 2015
Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri – Cortile del Tribunale (Piazza Viviani) – Verona

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