Women, Mexico, Fredom. Tina Modotti exhibit – Milano
Up to November 7, 2021. more than 100 shots of the great photographer emigrated to Mexico
From May 1st to November 7th, 2021, the MUDEC (Museum of Cultures) in Milan hosts the exhibition “Women. Mexico. Freedom” dedicated to Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942), a highly talented nonconformist woman, photographer, activist and Italian actress who has left an indelible mark on history of photography.
Her shots are in the most important museums in the world, and are the symbol of an emancipated and modern woman, whose photographic art is deeply linked to her social commitment.
This exhibition displays a hundred photographs, original 1970 prints, letters, documents and videos that bring the public closer to Tina Modotti free spirit who passed through misery and fame, art and political passion, arrests and persecutions, gaining admiration for the full and constant respect for herself, her thoughts and her freedom.
Tina was born in Udine in 1896. Very poor, she was forced to emigrate. She could have pursued a career as an actress and exploiting her rare beauty to effortlessly obtain economic benefits. But her choice of freedom led her to study and she decided to express her idea of freedom through photography and civil commitment.
Then Tina Modotti choose to emigrate to Mexico to share her ideas with the mexicans avant-gardes. There she met painters and poets as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. She followed the first steps of photographers such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo and his wife Lola, met the great photographer Imogen Cunningham, poets and writers such as David Herbert Lawrence and Mayakovsky, musicians, a circle of experimental and free artists of which Tina soon became a protagonist.
From Mexico, who had welcomed her and of which she became an icon, she crossed the borders of the Americas, to be recognized on the world art scene.
During her life she has been committed, with her partner Vittorio Vidali, to a free society, defending all civilian victims of wars such as the Spanish one.
Tina was never able to return to her beloved Italy because of her anti-fascist ideas and activities.
She died in Mexico City in 1942. On her premature death, at the age of 46, artists such as Picasso, Rafael Alberti paid tribute to her and Pablo Neruda dedicated her a famous poem.
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