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Budapest: Tina Modotti’s photographs on display

Photographer Tina Modotti’s look at the life of Mexican farmers in the 1920s is at the centre of an exhibition opening on Friday 13th at the Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest. The exhibition, realized in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy as part of the Budapest Photo Festival, collects a series of photos taken between 1923 and 1927.

Tina Modotti, born in Udine in 1896, after arriving in the United States at a very young age, moved to Mexico in 1923 when the sequels of the revolution still conditioned the country.  She frequented artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera or Jean Charlot and soon became an official photographer of the Mexican workers’ movement. The photographer died in Mexico City in 1942.

Her images offer a realistic glimpse into the everyday life of the Mexican countryside of those years. The photos faithfully reproduce the atmosphere of the time, the harsh reality of country life and her participative vision.

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