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photography - 17 08 2003 - 01:41 - katatonik

Radical, sensational, controversial

“Her contact with Mexico’s muralists including a brief affair with Rivera, led to her involvement in radical politics.In 1929, she was framed for the murder of her Cuban lover, gunned down at her side on a Mexico City street. A scapegoat of government repression, she was publicly slandered in a sensational trial before being acquitted. Expelled from Mexico in 1930, she went to Berlin and then to the Soviet Union, where she abandoned photography for a political activism that brought her into contact with Sergei Eisenstein, Alexandra Kollontaii, La Pasionaria, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Capa. Returning to Mexico incognito in 1939, she died three years later, a lonely – and controversial – death.”

Tina Modotti (1896-1942), photographer.

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